LASO signs MoU with ‘YoungShip’ Sri Lanka

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In a bold move to further improve the standards of the maritime and shipping industry in Sri Lanka,Lanka Association of Ship Owners (LASO)has signed a key initiative that signifiesthe two organisations’ commitment toworking towards advancing the future of the industry by creating a younger, more inclusive and collaborative professional atmosphere that allows young maritime professionals to actively participate in the industry early on, in their careers by providing a range of professional hand-on experience and training opportunities.

Recognised as the apex organisation that represents the Sri Lankan ship owners to the world, LASO signed the MoU to support YoungShip Sri Lanka – a non-profit organisation founded with the mission to support young members of the maritime and shipping industry – to help represent themselves as the premiere youth forum of the LASOorganisation in Sri Lanka.

The collaboration between LASO and YoungShip provides opportunities for knowledge sharing between youth and experienced professionals, eventplanning and organisation, and engagement in critical projects related to the maritime and shipping industry. The partnership is expected to ensure that younger leadership canleverage innovation, creativity, technology, and fresh perspectives to inject a brand-new thought pattern to further ongoing established processes toimprove industry’s current best practices.

Established in 1998, the mission of LASOis to create an avenue for Sri Lankan Ship Ownerswhilst aiming to institutionalise and professionalise the trade operations. Relatively, its younger counterpart, YoungShip Sri Lanka, which was established in 2013, is recognised as the Sri Lankan branch of YoungShip International – a world-renowned professional non-profit organisation for young people working within the global maritime industry.