* Sri Lanka's Hemas and GAC to Build a World-class Integrated Logistics Facility in Muthurajawela …

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* Sri Lanka’s Hemas and GAC to Build a World-class Integrated Logistics Facility in Muthurajawela Industrial Zone
Sat, Jan 28, 2017, 10:50 am SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Jan 28, Colombo: Sri Lanka’s diversified conglomerate Hemas Holdings together with the GAC Group Sri Lanka are planning to build a modern integrated logistics facility in the Muthurajawela Industrial Zone, with a state-of-the-art distribution center, container yard and a warehouse facility that spreads across 15 acres.

The project is the pioneering initiative of the first phase of the Logistics City, designed with the objective of providing latest facilities to achieve higher levels of efficiency related to technology, transportation and logistics in the process of national development by the Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development.

The ground-breaking ceremony for the facility held on 27th of January was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Prime Minister of Sri Lanka Ranil Wickremesinghe and Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Patali Champika Ranawaka.

The facility is expected to be in operation by early June 2017 and the Distribution Centre will be operational in February 2018.

Managing Director of Hemas Logistics and Maritime Sector, Ms. Kasturi Chellaraja Wilson said, Hemas Logistics commenced its operations in September 2010 and over the years made giant strides in diversifying its operations portfolio into warehousing, container depot, car carriers and the movement of over dimensional cargos, 3PL operations, customs brokering and allied services.

“As our next venture in developing our logistics strength further, we have partnered with GAC Group Sri Lanka, an internationally recognized company in the shipping, marine services and logistics industry. Through this joint venture we aspire to provide total solutions to the Sri Lankan exporters and importers and developing Entreport business, supporting the intent of making Sri Lanka the maritime and logistics hub in Asia,” Ms. Wilson said.

The Managing Director of GAC Group Sri Lanka Mahesh Kurukulasuriya expressed his excitement over the new project saying, GAC always prides itself in innovation and providing high quality solutions to its customers.

“Our operations incorporate modern hardware and software for warehousing and transport management, order processing and complete supply chain visibility. In Sri Lanka, together with GAC’s local partner McLarens Group, we have established ourselves as the pioneer and the market leader in shipping, marine, and oil and gas sectors. We believe that through this strategic partnership with the Hemas Group, we will together be able to capitalize on the growing domestic supply chain and logistics market using our international strengths.”

This new Integrated Logistics facility will be equipped with the latest reach stackers in operation with the support of a cutting-edge IT platform aimed at innovating Sri Lanka’s first-ever logistics system connected to the processes of advanced technology solutions. It will consist of a modern Container Terminal with the capacity of 6,000 TEU with 7 high container stacking and a warehousing and Distribution Centre offering Third Party Logistics (3PL) services.

The Container Depot will have Sri Lanka’s first-ever user experience such as, two-way approach to stacks and dual in and out gate that operates independently. The facility has the services of Institute of International Container Lessors (IICL) certified container inspectors, to survey the containers entering the depot in order to set global bench marking standards.

The Distribution Centre will be a state of the art 22,000 pallet position warehousing with both ambient and temperature controlled facilities. Global best practices in layout design, dock efficiency, pallet racking and material handling equipment will be incorporated to enable agile and scalable logistics solutions. The entire distribution center operation will run on an integrated IT platform with warehouse management, distribution management and yard management with barcode and RFID enabled infrastructure.

“We are excited about setting up this modern logistics hub which will be a first-ever technologically advanced facility in the country servicing both local and regional needs in logistics offerings. This advanced warehousing and distribution center, having Integrated Logistics services will deliver ‘just in time’ supply chain management solutions to its stakeholders. The facility will also have a water treatment plant to ensure the water released from the premises meets all environmental requirements and guidelines” said Niranjan Nallaratnam, CEO of the new venture

Chairman of the joint venture Imtiaz Esufally, said, the collaboration between Hemas, GAC and McLaren’s bring together one of the largest integrated providers of shipping, logistics and marine-related service organizations, leveraging on a strong Sri Lankan foot print and having a large global reach through the operation of over 300 offices in more than 50 countries and with trusted partners to cover over 1,000 locations worldwide.

Group Joint Managing Director of McLarens Group said Mrs. Shehara Jayawardana said the “McLarens Group is very optimistic about the strategic venture between GAC Group Sri Lanka and Hemas group, and the Group will continue to extend its support to this partnership, which we believe will be an entity that will bring benefits to all partners, and the industry as a whole.”

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