Colombo Dockyard PLC built Cable Laying Vessel "Cable Infinity"

successfully delivered to her owners on 21st of June 2019.

Colombo Dockyard

dry docks and repair berths

One of many Fisheries Protection Crafts

proudly built for the Maldivian Coast Guard

Oil products tanker Mariann

dry docked for repairs

Offshore Supply Vessel

capable of handling all specialist offshore tasks

Passenger cum cargo

vessel M.V. Corals during sea trials

Sri lanka's pioneer Shipbuilding &
Ship Repairing Center

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Strategic Partner - Onomichi Dockyard CO. Ltd

The tactical collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd of Japan in 1993, has been a highly successful venture that has influenced Colombo Dockyards achievements over the years.

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We are fully equipped to provide an entire gamut of repair services ranging from basic to complex requirements. Servicing more than 200 ships annually, we have proven ourselves capable of handling any type of vessel up to 125,000 DWT.

Colombo Dockyard has also evolved into a formidable force in shipbuilding with four decades of experience.

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Colombo Dockyard Timeline

  • 1974
    Colombo Dockyard incorporated with an initial facility of three dry docks
  • 1975
    Shipbuilding begins in Sri Lanka and first patrol boat made for SL Navy
  • 1976
    Ceylon Shipping Agency incorporated in collaboration with Ceylon Shipping Corp
  • 1977
    The Colombo Port Commission gets its first vessel, a 100 Ton Barge
  • 1978
    First Towing Tug Boat built in Sri Lanka for the Colombo Port Commission
  • 1981
    Incorporation of Dockyard General Engineering Services
  • 1982
    First Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV) built for Sri Lanka Navy
  • 1983
    First export order in shipbuilding for Burma Ports Corporation, Myanmar
  • 1987
    First Shipbuilding project for the Republic of Maldives
  • 1988
    Colombo Drydocks Ltd begins operations at the newly built 125,000 DWT dry dock
  • 1992
    Aluminium shipbuilding begins with Fast Patrol Boat production for SL Navy
  • 1993
    Restructuring of CDL and CDD with the collaboration of Onomichi Dockyard,Japan
  • 1997
    Diversification of business activities into heavy engineering
  • 1998
    First aluminium coastal surveillance vessel built for the Republic of Maldives
  • 1999
    ISO 9001 certification for Lloyds Register of Quality Assurance (LRQA)
  • 2002
    Quality Management System certification upgraded to ISO 9001: 2000
  • 2004
    Diversification into Offshore Engineering and first project for Indian Navy
  • 2005
    Expansion of shipbuilding activities into the Middle Eastern market
  • 2006
    Building of the first tug boat to an overseas client
  • 2007
    Greatship (India) Ltd gets first Anchor Handling Tug / Supply Vessel (AHTSV)
  • 2008
    Colombo Dockyards sees many new structural and technological adaptations
  • 2009
    National recognition and strong performance during a global downturn
  • 2010
    Colombo Dockyard in the ‘Forbes list’ of top 200 Asian firms with sales under a billion USD
  • 2011
    Colombo Dockyard order books at capacity for Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessels (MPSV)
  • 2012
    Proud moment: Start of construction of 400 passenger cum cargo vessel to India
  • 2013
    Two decades of valuable collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd, Japan
  • 2014
    Celebrating forty years of shipbuilding and ship repairing experience
Colombo Dockyard PLC-Ship Yard Layout

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Colombo Dockyard is a state of the art engineering entity that operates four graving drydocks with a maximum capacity of 125,000 DWT and extensive repair berth facilities along with fully fledged workshops.

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Our Services

What We Do

Ship Repairs

Conveniently located within the port of Colombo, Colombo Dockyard has the ability to conduct both dry dock and afloat repairs. We operate four graving dry docks with a maximum capacity of 125,000 DWT and extensive repair berth facilities. Routine dry docking repairs, major layup repairs, collision damages, conversions and retrofits are professionally expedited. We also have extensive experience in machinery, piping, steel, electricals and electronics.


Vessels Repaired Annually


Accommodated in the Dry Docks


1000M Repair Berth

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Colombo Dockyard PLC is privileged to be selected as an afloat repair service provider to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Forces (JMSDF) at the Colombo Port.

This is the first time for JMSDF to repair one of their vessels at a foreign shipyard, and Colombo Dockyard PLC is selected as the first shipyard in a foreign country to offer the repair facilities. The afloat repair was successfully carried out from 21st to 25th July 2023 at the port of Colombo.

The JMSDF team was highly impressed and satisfied with the superior quality workmen-ship and the service level of Colombo Dockyard. The team also commended on the quality of the underwater diving work handled during this call.

Mr Hideki Tanaka, Chairman of Colombo Dockyard, highlighted that we are proud and privileged to be selected as the first shipyard to provide repair services for JMSDF fleet in a foreign country. We also take this opportunity to appreciate the support extended by the JMSDF, Embassy of Japan, Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Ministry of Defence, and the Sri Lanka Navy to make this historic repair call a success.

Colombo Dockyard PLC operating in Collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd. since 1993, has proven to be a remarkably successful partnership spanning 30 years, serving the regional and international owner’s requirements efficiently in the maritime industry. Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd, Japan being a well-respected shipyard in Japan, being the mother company of Colombo Dockyard PLC, the paved the way for Colombo Dockyard to enter into serving the Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force vessels.


With over 40 years of experience, Colombo Dockyard has evolved into a formidable force in the regional shipbuilding arena. Our ability to carry out construction of varied vessels that exceed the stringent requirements stipulated by international classification societies whilst at the same time customizing the vessel to meet client requirements has helped pave the way to our success.

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On 23rd May 2022, Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) auspiciously launched “Misje Vita”, 5000DWT EcoBulk Carrier being built for Misje Eco Bulk AS, Norway (Misje).

The launching ceremony is the formal custom that celebrates transferring the vessel to water for the first time. As per the Sri Lankan traditions, this is done by breaking a ‘pot of milk’ over the ship’s bow area inviting good luck to the vessel, the crew and the owners and subsequently filling the dock with water making the vessel float.The ceremony was graced by Mr. Roald Misje Chairman, Ms. Alina Printseva, Chief Financial Officer from Misje, Mr. Thusitha Herath and Mr. Venura Wanasainghe, Owner Representatives for the project, Mr. Saman Kumarasinghe, Class Surveyor of Class DNV GL. From CDPLC Mr. H. Tanaka Chairman, Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe MD/CEO, Mr. Iku Kuwaoka Technical Advisor/Alternate Director, Mr. Thimira Godakumbura Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Lal Hettiarachchi General Manager (Supply Chain Management), Mr. Gihan Ravinatha General Manager (Finance)/ CFO, Mr. Mangala De Silva General Manager (Group Legal and Compliance), Mr. P.S. Abeysinghe Act. General Manager (Production), Mr. Manjula Hettiarachchie Act. General Manager (HRD and A)/ Management Representative and a host of other Senior Management and Staff representing CDPLC participated at this occasion. Ms. Alina Printseva performed the honour of cutting the rope to break the milk pot and launch the vessel.

This is the first Vessel of a series and these 89.95m long vessels are designed to hold a cargo capacity of 5000 DWT. The type of cargo they could carry includes bulk cargo, grain, timber, unit loads and containers. Each vessel is powered by 4 stroke diesel engines with an Electric Hybrid system supplying additional power through a battery storage system.

This project illustrates CDPLC’s reputation in the European Market with the brand “Built in Sri Lanka blending Sri Lankan technology with Japanese quality” receiving high recognition and acceptance in Europe market.CDPLC operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan with a 35% stake by Sri Lankan Government institutions. Expanding its business nearly five decades, CDPLC is the front runner of Sri Lankan industrialization as the leading contributors to the National Export earnings from the Shipbuilding sector.

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Offshore engineering

Colombo Dockyard offers crucial offshore engineering repair services for mobile offshore drill units, well stimulation vessels, diving support vessels and a host of other related vessels. Our experience and professionalism has helped exceed industry requirements and stringent standards. Our regular customers come from India, France, Norway, and the USA.

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Heavy engineering

Dockyard General Engineering Services (DGES) is the general and heavy engineering services subsidiary of Colombo Dockyard PLC. Equipped with extensive technical know-how and experience, DGES delivers high quality products and value engineered services that cover civil, mechanical and electrical engineering work from design to construction. DGES is highly experienced in petrochemical, mini hydro power, mega power, building, irrigation, heavy structures, infrastructure development, and marine construction sectors.

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Colombo Dockyard builds underwater restaurant structure for Aanugandu Falhu Island Resort, Maldives

The underwater restaurant structure at Colombo Dockyard premises prior to being towed to Maldives

Colombo Dockyard PLC has successfully completed the contract for the design, supply of materials, fabrication, towing and providing installation guidance of an Underwater Restaurant Structure (UWRS) for Aanugandu Falhu Island in the Republic of Maldives.

Amidst an extremely difficult period in the country caused by the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, CDPLC managed to complete the 440T steel structure within just seven months including the design and successfully dispatched the UWRS to Maldives on 18 February. The UWRS reached Maldives on 22 February. The contract was awarded in April 2021.

CDPLC will guide the client’s team to safely submerge this structure and place on the seabed of Lagoon 17, Aanugandu Island.

The client expects this to be a major tourist attraction for their newly developed resort. Once commissioned and put into operation, this will be the largest underwater restaurant in Maldives with a seating capacity of 48 persons with viewing gallery to all guests simultaneously.

The concept design originated from the client which was converted into an engineering marvel with the design developed by AKDA Engineers Lanka Ltd., headed by A.K. Diyabalanage and Colombo Dockyard design team carried out the detail and production design.

The specifications included length: 32.78m; breath: 18m; restaurant depth: 4.5m below Mean Sea Level and seating capacity: 48.

This is the second such project undertaken by Colombo Dockyard. It handled the first-ever Underwater Restaurant Structure (UWRS) project in 2018 to the Uthuru Maafaru Islands of Maldives. Proven capability of CDPLC has allowed this new client to place its confidence on CDPLC to build another UWRS for its hotel chain ‘Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts’ in Maldives. This underwater restaurant will add yet another feather to the portfolio of luxury resorts with exotic underwater dining experience of Atmosphere Hotels & Resorts.

CDPLC is the pioneering shipbuilding, ship repairing and heavy engineering facility in the country and operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Ltd. of Japan with Sri Lankan Government institutions having a shareholding of 35%.

As a shipbuilding, ship repairing and heavy engineering company in Sri Lanka, CDPLC said it continuously proves its excellence by successfully securing and executing global projects and earning much needed foreign exchange to the country.

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Corporate sustainability practices at Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) is of extreme importance and given due prominence in the corporate strategic decision making process.

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Our People

From our inception, Colombo Dockyard has prided itself as a ‘people oriented’ organisation. Our workforce is the lifeblood of the company and continue to be the building blocks that has transformed our aspirations into reality.

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Colombo Dockyard has exciting opportunities for motivated and qualified individuals to join our team.

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