COLOMBO DOCKYARD PLC LAUNCHES THE BUOY TENDER VESSEL BEING BUILT FOR GENERAL COMPANY FOR PORTS OF IRAQ THROUGH TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION OF JAPAN

Vessel After Launching

On 22nd July 2020, Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) auspiciously launched it’s Yard Number NC 0244, a 60 m Buoy Tender Vessel being built for General Company for Ports of Iraq (GCPI) as per an Agreement signed with Toyota Tsusho Corporation (TTC) of Japan funded under  Japanese ODA Loans by Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).

The ceremonial launching is the process of floating or transferring the vessel to water for the first time. Symbolically this is done by breaking a ‘pot of milk’ according to Sri Lankan traditions over the ship’s bow area inviting good luck to the vessel, the crew and the owners and subsequently filling the dock with sea water enabling the vessel to float.

The ceremony was graced by Mr. Hayder Khaldoon Mohammedsami Alahmed, Mr. Rayed Kareem Mashhoot Al-Saeedi, Site Engineers from GCPI, Mr. Ali Alakus Site Manager of Project from Nippon Koei Co. Ltd and Mr H.V.K. Sarath Kumara Peiris Deputy General Manager Nippon Koei Co. Ltd Liaison Office. Mr. Hayder Khaldoon Mohammedsami Alahmed of GCPI performed the honour of cutting the rope to break the milk pot and launch the vessel.

Mr. Madhawa Fonseka, Manager-Colombo Office and Mr. Vishal Chowdary, in-charge of project and Mr. Roshan Sanjeewa Colombo Office Surveyor attended this event representing the Classification Society ClassNK.

From CDPLC, Mr. Hideaki Tanaka (Chairman), Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe (MD/CEO), Mr. K. Kanaya (Director), Mr. Y. Saki (Technical Advisor/ Alt Director) and a host of other Senior Management and Staff participated at this momentous occasion.

The Buoy Tender Vessel is designed to be operated to retrieve and launch marine navigation buoys, to provide repair and maintenance to marine navigation buoy, to transport marine navigation buoys and/or spare parts and to transport general cargo. This is a 60m long vessel with a breadth of 12m and a depth of 4.6m. The vessel is driven by twin diesel engines and is capable of achieving a speed of 12 knots. The vessel also shall be equipped with a Crane with a lifting capacity of 22 tons. This vessel also provides fully air conditioned comfortable living quarters for its complement of 28 persons.

In addition to this BTV, CDPLC is constructing another vessel for GCPI which is a 50m Pilot Station Vessel (PSV). The PSV is a twin hull Catamaran type vessel which will be used to transport of pilots and provisions, to provide pilots with accommodation services and to provide station and necessary support for pilot boats.

These projects which are vital to the socio economic development of Iraq will strengthen the relationship with Republic of Iraq, one of Sri Lanka’s close allies for decades and we are confident that with these shipbuilding projects generating from TTC Japan which are funded by JICA, will dawn in a new era in the bilateral economic sphere of the relationship between Sri Lanka and Japan.

This ceremony was organized and conducted in a modest scale and in a simple manner paying special attention to the Government’s Health and Safety guidelines placed in view of the COVID-19 outbreak, depicting CDPLC’s corporate social responsibility towards the prevention of any possible transmission of the COVID-19 at workplaces. CDPLC has demonstrated great resilience in the face of the pandemic and has taken many initiatives for ‘Revival’ of its operations and is planning to bounce back stronger in the future.

Colombo Dockyard PLC is a flag ship investment of Japan and operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan. Also the Sri Lankan Government institutions hold more than 35% stake at CDPLC.

As the leader of the Shipbuilding & Repairing Industry in Sri Lanka, CDPLC continuously proves its excellence by successfully securing shipbuilding projects and Repairing vessels both local and overseas. “Colombo Dockyard PLC is Sri Lanka’s front runner of its industrialization drive”.

Cutting the Rope to Launch the Vessel

Group Photo at the Launching Ceremony

COLOMBO DOCKYARD SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES EXTENSIVE STEEL MODIFICATION REPAIRS ON FPSO DHIRUBHAI -1 AT HIPG

FPSO Dhirubhai -1 at HIPG

290m long, 44m beam FPSO of GRT 97,660 is laid up in Hambantota port for her next charter. She is owned by  Aker Contracting FP ASA and managed by AFP Operations AS, Norway and has an oil production capacity of 60,000 barrels. Floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) unit is a floating vessel used by the offshore oil and gas industry for the production and processing of hydrocarbons and the storage of oil.

A moon pool of almost 10m diameter needed to be permanently closed and Colombo Dockyard was called for the job. Shipyard pre-fabricated panels at yard work-shop at Colombo with LR Grade EH-36, shot blasted prime coated plates. Then transported by land to the vessel in Hambantota port, welded in place where is a total tonnage of over 28 tons were renewed.

The project team was coordinated by Mr. P.L.Ramesh Lahiru which repairs were headed by Mr Y.R.A.P.M. Rajapakse. The essential planning support was extended by Mr Avantha Gunatilleka, Senior Engineer Planning. 

The professional support extended by the HIPG/ HIPS teams across all levels from the top down to the operation levels must be mentioned and appreciated, which has resulted in Colombo Dockyard being able to promote Sri Lanka as a serious destination for ship repairs and shipbuilding. 

Capt. Nikolaos Messinis who is the master of the vessel looked after the owner’s interest. The husbanding agents Hayleys Advantis Limited provided the necessary co-ordination support to manage the project smoothly and complete the project on schedule meeting owners and DNV Classification Society’s requirements.

Colombo Dockyard PLC operates in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd, Japan since 1993 providing ship repair and shipbuilding services to the global marine fraternity at one of the most strategic marine hubs “Sri Lanka”. 

“An odyssey of excellence continues..”

Closure of moon pool of FPSO Dhirubhai -1

Welding prefabricated panels in place

MT. SCF SAYAN, EMERGENCY REPAIRS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED BY COLOMBO DOCKYARD AT HIPG

Length 274.48m and breadth 48.04m with GRT of 81,085.00

The Aframax tanker was experiencing failure on her propulsion system, Managed by SCF Management Services, Cyprus contacted Colombo Dockyard for repair assistance, given the size of the vessel she was directed to Hambantota HIPG port, where the vessel was comfortably accommodated at the repair berth.  

Sovcomflot (SCF) is the largest shipping company in Russia and a world leader in energy shipping. The company is focused on offshore services, liquefied gas transportation and the conventional shipping of crude oil and petroleum products, with 146 vessels with a combined deadweight of 12,648,839 tonnes trading globally.

After arrival intermediate shaft (18 tons) was disconnected and removed for inspections. It was found that the connecting bolt failure between the intermediate shaft fwd flange and flywheel flange. As per the owner’s request Marine Shaft, Denmark deputed machinists and portable machining tools to HIPG.

However, due to prevailed COVID 19 situation mid-March 2020, Denmark machinist team was recalled to Denmark given the global pandemic situation, the project scope was not completed. Upon the request from the owner’s, yard continued the in-situ machining process keeping generally agreed on safety precautions against COVID 19 which vessel gained days to complete the job.

With the need for final precision machining by “Marine Shaft” to qualify for their original equipment warranty, owners were looking for all available options to complete the project early as possible. The flight restrictions on account of the COVID regulations were overcome, when the owners decided to charter a flight and get down the Denmark machinists on board to complete the job. Shipyard team assembled the propulsion line and completed the job, meeting the owner’s expectations. In addition to this main job, coolers and valve servicing were done.

The professional support extended by the HIPG/ HIPS teams across all levels from the top down to the operation levels must be mentioned and appreciated, which has resulted in Colombo Dockyard being able to promote Sri Lanka as a serious destination for ship repairs and shipbuilding. 

Mr W.N.R. Janith Chamika headed the repair team while Mr. I.K.L.C Weerasinghe coordinated the job. Owner’s interest was looked after by Mr Aleksandr  Akulov and Mr Georgy Pavliashvili. The DNV-GL ensured the classification requirements were fulfilled meeting the owner’s expectations.  The local husbanding agents for the project ACRUS SHIPPING handled the co-ordination work smoothly.

Colombo Dockyard PLC operates in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd, Japan since 1993 providing ship repair and shipbuilding services to the global marine fraternity at one of the most strategic marine hubs “Sri Lanka”.  

MT SCF Sayan at HIPG berth
Yard Team attending in-situ machining of flange
Aft Seal Inspection with Hanging Staging
Senior Management visiting Yard repair Team onboard

COLOMBO DOCKYARD SHIP REPAIR AND BUILDING OPERATIONS RETURN TO NEW-NORMAL LEVELS

Vessel undergoing repairs in drydock during the lockdown period 

Global pandemic conditions bring out the best in shipyards innovative strategies to counter difficult times. Since its establishment in 1974 marking its 46th Anniversary in 2020, Colombo Dockyard has witnessed recessions, boom times and natural disasters amongst which this COVID 19 pandemic driven lockdown situation is unique and unprecedented, which requires innovative and smart approaches to counter these challenges successfully.

Sri Lankan government’s aggressive drive to combat the COVID 19 pandemic from mid-march has been effective, paving the way for relaxing the lockdown on 11th May 2020. The Government of Sri Lanka appointed COVID 19 Taskforce had declared all Port related activities as essential services, thus giving the shipyard to continue its operations under its guidelines. Over the lockdown period, the shipyard has been operating at 20~30% capacity providing essential repair services, completing the vessels undergoing repairs in the yard, meeting the client’s requirements safely.

In Colombo Dockyard, we focus on organising the work of our shipyard team and subcontractors in such a way that it is carried out in the safest possible way, in keeping in line with the Government COVID 19 Taskforce guidelines.

The shipyard operations have stepped up to planned New-Normal operational levels, under the in~house campaign titled “ Revival” under the visionary leadership of Mr Hideki Tanaka, Chairman, Mr D V Abeysinghe, Managing Director and Mr Benny Fernando, Chief Operating Officer.  We are pleased to place on record that, we have started repairs on two bulk carriers successfully (17th of May), managing to clear the mandatory health clearances smoothly, with no berthing delays (waiting for quarantine etc) on the arrival schedule of the vessels. The vessels were berthed on arrival. This has been possible on account of the professional guidance given the Port Health Officials and the Harbour Master.

In solidarity of the efforts, Colombo Dockyard actively contributed Five Million Rupees to the national COVID task force fund.

The Shipyard operates jointly in Collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd., Japan since 1993, providing the best Japanese-Sri Lankan expertise and the location and economic convenience of Colombo.  The shipyard is ready to serve the emerging needs of the market, in this post COVID challenging times.

COLOMBO DOCKYARD DELIVERS TWO PILOT LAUNCHES BUILT FOR SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY

On 23rd December 2019, Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) delivered two Pilot Launches as per an Agreement signed with Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) on 1st February 2019.

This ceremony was graced by Hon. Johnston Fernando, Minister of Roads & Highways and Ports & Shipping, Hon. Kanaka Herath, State Minister of Ports & Shipping, Mr. M. M. P. K. Mayadunne, Secretary of Ministry of Roads & Highways and Ports & Shipping, Mr. M.P.V.P. Piyathilake, Secretary of State Ministry of Ports and Shipping,  General R. M. Daya Ratnayake Chairman SLPA, Capt. Athula Hewavitharana Managing Director SLPA, Capt. Nirmal Silva Harbour Master SLPA, Mr. Jagath Kumara, Senior Surveyor Class LR and several other distinguished guests from SLPA.

Mr. H. Tanaka Chairman CDPLC, Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe MD/CEO CDPLC, Mr. K. Kanaya Director CDPLC, Mr. Yusihiro Saki Technical Advisor CDPLC and a host of other Senior Management and Staff representing Colombo Dockyard participated at this momentous occasion.

These Pilot Launches were designed by MACDUFF Ship Design Ltd of Scotland and these Pilot Launches will serve to transport pilots from shore to ship. It can accommodate a total number of 8 persons including 4 crew members and 4 pilots and it can achieve a service speed of 22 knots.

These Pilot Launches are designed to hold a high degree of stability and comfort in all weather conditions and these Pilot Launches will provide a stable platform during embarking and disembarking Pilots. These Pilot Launches are equipped with state of the art machinery and equipment developed for this type of launches world-wide, which are of proven type with high dependability, durability and suitability for the intended purpose.

CDPLC operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan who owns a stake of 51% at Colombo Dockyard, while Sri Lankan Government institutions have a 35% shareholding at Colombo Dockyard

As a local venture, CDPLC generate large number of direct and indirect employment opportunities and currently employees over 3000 Sri Lankan Engineers & Technicians and assist in developing the skills and technical knowhow of the local workmen and help save on valuable foreign exchange.

As one of the leaders of the Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka, CDPLC continuously proves its excellence by successfully securing shipbuilding projects both local and overseas.

Colombo Dockyard is the front runner of Sri Lankan industrialization.

COLOMBO DOCKYARD PLC SUCCESSFULLY ENTERS INTO A CONTRACT WITH KOWA COMPANY LTD OF JAPAN TO SUPPLY A PILOT BOAT

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) has successfully entered into a contract with Kowa Company Ltd (KOWA) of Japan to supply a pilot boat.

The contract was signed on 16th of December 2019 at CDPLC Head Office.

Mr. Kazushige Nishiguchi, Department Manager – Ship & Infrastructure Department of KOWA and Mr. Hideaki Tanaka, Chairman of CDPLC signed the contract.

Mr. Yoshiyuki Takii, Sales and Marketing of KOWA, Mr. Aditya Tripathi, Deputy Manager of KOWA INDIA and from CDPLC Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe, Managing Director/ Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Kumpei Kanaya, Director, Mr. Yoshihiro Saki, Director/ Technical Advisor, Mr. Lal Hettiarachchi, General Manager – Projects & Engineering and  management personnel participated at this special occasion.

Exchanging contracts.

This 19m pilot boat is a proven design developed by MACDUFF Scotland. This boat will serve to transport pilots from shore to ship. It can accommodate a total number of 12 persons and it can achieve a speed of 20 knots.

KOWA is a 125-year-old multifarious corporate entity present over 100 locations in the world actively engaging in various business fields with major focuses on trading of ship & infrastructure, textiles, machinery, construction materials in addition to the manufacturing and sales of medicines, medical equipment, chemicals, eco-friendly & energy saving products.

CDPLC operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan who owns a stake of 51% at Colombo Dockyard PLC while Sri Lankan Government institutions have a 35% shareholding at Colombo Dockyard.

As the leader of Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka, CDPLC continuously proves its excellence by successfully securing shipbuilding projects both local and worldwide.

CDPLC is the front runner of Sri Lankan industrialization and one of the main contributors to the Government’s National Export Strategy from the Shipbuilding sector.

Pilot Launch to be built

COLOMBO DOCKYARD OPENS BRANCH OFFICE AT HIPG, MARITIME CENTER- HAMBANTOTA

FOCUSING ON EXPANDING AFLOAT SHIP REPAIRS AT HIPG FACILITY AND PROVIDING REQUIRED HEAVY ENGINEERING SOLUTIONS FOR PORT DEVELOPMENT AND MAINTENANCE    

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) ceremonially opened an office at the Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Ltd (HIPG), at the HIPG “Maritime Centre” auspiciously on the 10th of December 2019.

 

The ceremonial opening of the plaque was done by Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman of CDPLC at the auspicious time of 10.41 AM, followed by cutting of the ribbon by Mr D. V Abeysinghe, MD/CEO and Mr K.B.P Fernando, Chief Operating Officer. The official exchanging of the agreement between Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman-CDPLC and Mr. Ray Ren, CEO-HIPG was carried out to mark this historic day in the journey of Colombo Dockyard.  The opening ceremony was graced by the senior team of Colombo Dockyard PLC and HIPG/HIPS and maritime industry seniors.

The strategic maritime location of Hambantota, in close proximity to the key maritime sea routes, will allow Colombo Dockyard to offer afloat repair services to a multitude of vessels calling for transhipment, bunkering and other operations and dedicated afloat repairs. Colombo Dockyard’s presence at HIPG, will allow them to handle larger size (VLCC) vessels comfortably, taking advantage of HIPG’s deep draft berthing facilities and excellent support services for afloat repairs.

Mr. Tanaka, Chairman CDPLC explained, “Colombo Dockyard’s recently launched the Rapid Response Afloat Repair Service (RRARS) with the focus to provide afloat repairs at all Sri Lankan ports, to play a crucial role in providing the required repair support to the vessels calling at Hambantota Port.”

Mr. Abeysinghe, MD/CEO, CDPLC added: “This capacity augmentation for afloat repairs in Sri Lanka is expected to bring in much needed foreign exchange to the Sri Lankan economy”. Thus expanding the Colombo Dockyard’s ship repair footprint in Sri Lanka to the deep south of the island.

Mr. Benny Fernando, COO, CDPLC emphasised that Dockyard General Engineering Services (DGES) a subsidiary of CDPLC which is specialising in providing heavy engineering solutions for mega mechanical & civil related projects, is ideally geared to provide required heavy engineering services for future expansion phases of the port.

Established in 1974 Colombo Dockyard PLC is a Board of Investment (BOI) registered establishment, listed in the Colombo Stock exchange, operating in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd Japan since 1993 (for over 26 years), is the pioneer ship repair, shipbuilding and heavy and offshore  engineering facility,

Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman –CDPLC opening the name plaque at the auspicious time of 10.41 AM.

(L-R)Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera, Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs inviting Mr. D V Abeysinghe, MD/CEO and Mr. K B P Fernando, COO to cut the ribbon and ceremonially declare open the office.   

Exchanging of the symbolic agreement documents by Mr. Tanaka and Mr. Ray.  (L-R) Mr. D V Abeysinghe, MD/CEO , Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman-CDPLC, Mr. Ray Ren, CEO, HIPG, Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera, Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs

COLOMBO DOCKYARD LAY KEEL OF THE THIRD PILOT LAUNCH BEING BUILT FOR SRI LANKA PORTS AUTHORITY

On 6th November 2019, Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) laid the keel to auspiciously commence shipbuilding work on the third Pilot Launch for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA).

This keel laying ceremony marked the commencement of hull construction work of the Pilot Launch and the auspicious occasion was graced by Hon. Sagala Ratnayaka, Minister of Ports & Shipping and Southern Development, Admiral S.S. Ranasinghe, Secretary of Ministry of Ports & Shipping and Southern Development, Mr. Ajith Seneviratne Director General Department of Merchant Shipping, Captain Athula Hewavitharana Managing Director SLPA, Mr. Jagath Kumara, Senior Surveyor, Class LR and several other distinguished guests from SLPA.
Mr. T. Nakabe, President of Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd of Japan, Mr. H. Tanaka Chairman CDPLC, Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe MD/CEO CDPLC, Mr. K. Kanaya Director CDPLC, Mr. Yusihiro Saki Technical Advisor/CDPLC, Mr. Benny Fernando, Chief Operating Officer CDPLC and a host of other Senior Management and Staff representing Colombo Dockyard participated at this momentous occasion.
The 19m Pilot Launch is a proven design developed by MACDUFF of Scotland. The Pilot Launch will serve to transport pilots from shore to ship. The Pilot Launch can accommodate a total number of 8 persons including 4 crew members and 4 pilots and it can achieve a service speed around 22 knots.
The Pilot Launch is designed to hold a high degree of stability and comfort in all weather conditions and the Pilot Launch will provide a stable platform during embarking and disembarking Pilots. The Pilot Launch shall be equipped with state of the art machinery and equipment developed for this type of launch world-wide, which are of proven type with high dependability, durability and suitability for the intended purpose.
By building the Pilot Launch requirement in Sri Lanka, SLPA helps develop the economy of the country by developing the local shipbuilding industry. The local ventures such as CDPLC generate large number of direct and indirect employment opportunities and develop the skills and technical knowhow of the local workmen and help save on valuable foreign exchange.
CDPLC operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan who owns a stake of 51% at Colombo Dockyard PLC while Sri Lankan Government institutions have a 35% shareholding at Colombo Dockyard.

As the leader of Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka, CDPLC continuously proves its excellence by successfully securing shipbuilding projects both local and worldwide.
CDPLC is the front runner of Sri Lankan industrialization and is one of the main contributors to the Government’s National Export Strategy from the Shipbuilding sector.

COLOMBO DOCKYARD SIGNS AGREEMENT TO SET UP OFFICE AT HIPG, MARITIME CENTER- HAMBANTOTA

Colombo Dockyard (CDPLC) inked an agreement with Hambantota International Port Group (Private) Ltd (HIPG), to open an office at the HIPG “Maritime Centre” on the 1st of November 2019.

The strategic maritime location of Hambantota, in close proximity to the key maritime routes, will allow Colombo Dockyard to offer afloat repair services to a multitude of vessels calling for transhipment, bunkering and other operations and dedicated afloat repairs.  HIPG port is a deep draft port with extensive berths that can handle vessels up to 17-meter draft, going up to VLCC.

Colombo Dockyard’s recently launched the Rapid Response Afloat Repair Service (RRARS) with a clear focus to provide afloat repairs at all Sri Lankan ports, will play a crucial role in providing the required repair support to the vessels calling at Hambantota Port. This capacity augmentation for afloat repairs in Sri Lanka is expected to bring in much needed foreign exchange to the Sri Lankan economy. Thus expanding the ship repair footprint in Sri Lanka to the deep south of the island, continuing our odyssey of excellence.

Present for the signing of the agreement signing from HIPG Mr Tissa Wickremasinghe, Chief Operating Officer, Mr Tim Xiao, General Manager, Port Related Industries, Ms Chandula Rambukwella, Senior Manager, Commercial & Marketing, Mr Ranjith Withanawasm.

Representing the Colombo Dockyard team headed by Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman, Mr D V Abeysinghe- Managing Director/CEO, Mr K B P Fernando, Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera, Head of Marketing-Ship Repairs, Mrs. Manori Mallikarachchie, Legal Consultant/Company Secretary, Mr. Amila Rukshan, Senior Engineer, Marketing and Estimating.

L–R: Mrs Manori Mallikarachchie, Legal Consultant/Company Secretary, Mr K B P Fernando, Chief Operating Officer, Mr H. Tanaka, Chairman, Mr D V Abeysinghe- Managing Director/CEO. Colombo Dockyard. Mr Tissa Wickremasinghe, Chief Operating Officer,  Mr Tim Xiao, General Manager, Port Related Industries, Mr Ranjith Withanawasm. HIPG.  Back Row.  Mr. Amila Rukshan, Senior Engineer, Marketing and Estimating,  Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera, Head of Marketing-Ship Repairs, (CDPLC) Ms Chandula Rambukwella, Senior Manager, Commercial & Marketing. (HIPG).

COLOMBO DOCKYARD TAKES CENTERSTAGE FLYING THE SRI LANKAN FLAG AT INMEX-SMM IN MUMBAI, INDIA PROMOTING SRI LANKA AS A SHIPPING HUB.

 Sri Lanka’s pioneer Shipbuilding and Ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC was the sole participant from Sri Lanka participated one of the leading International Shipping Exhibitions “INMEX-SMM-2019” during October 3-5 in Mumbai, India.

Under the leadership and guidance from Mr. H. Tanaka, Chairman and have D V Abeysinghe, Managing Director and Mr. Benny Fernando, Chief Operating Officer, Colombo Dockyard have taken proactive initiatives to revive the market by spearheading and participating in the marine forums to educate the fraternity of the latest positive developments.  The main drive at this event was to educate the neighbouring Indian shipping fraternity of the latest developments in Colombo, Sri Lanka. The drive to regain the business confidence of the many ship managers, owners and other service providers to look at Sri Lanka seriously for their repair and building requirements.

Colombo Dockyard has been a regular participant at many marine exhibitions, such as Posidonia Greece, Norshipping-Oslo, Sea Asia- Singapore, SMM Germany, and other platforms over the past four decades. This is the second instance Colombo Dockyard has participated as an active exhibitor at the INMEX-SMM Mumbai edition. The shipyard has been flying the Sri Lankan flag and promoting Colombo as a competitive repair and building centre in the South Asian region in Europe and Global platforms.

Indian ship owners and managers represent a significant share of the business volumes, handled by Colombo Dockyard. Being located in close proximity or next door to the Indian subcontinent, Colombo Dockyard has been recognised as a “Home away from Home” for the growing Indian fleet for superior repair and shipbuilding facilities. The theme for the INMEX-SMM was “Home away from Home for the Indian Fleet” was very well received by the Indian shipping fraternity.

This naturally makes them one of the significant market segments for Colombo Dockyard. This international marine exhibition has been a meeting place for Indian and Global shipping fraternity stakeholders such as machinery and equipment suppliers, classification societies and shipbrokers to name a few.
This platform was used to inform the market of the latest shipyard developments offerings, such as the newly formed Rapid Response Afloat repair Service team (RRARS) that can be mobilised swiftly at any Sri Lankan port to attend to multiple types of afloat repairs. The shipyard’s readiness to handle the installation of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and Scrubbers, which is a requirement as a result of the IMO statutory regulations kicking in on January 1st 2020.

During this event, some of the other key factors highlighted to the potential clients were: Colombo’s strategic location close to the Indian Subcontinent and main marine trading routes, minimal diversion for vessel’s calling to discharge in the Indian coast, quality repair services, safe working environment, Japanese expertise available through our collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard, faster turnaround times and competitive rates. The shipbuilding sector highlighted the wide product portfolio on offer for complex vessels such as the Cable Layer vessels and offshore Vessels Sector, mainly our market-proven Anchor Handling Tugs, Offshore Platform Support Vessels, Crew Boats, Coast Guard Vessels, Harbour Tugs, Work Boats Passenger Ferries and other specialised Vessels.
Colombo Dockyard team was lead by Mr. Benny Fernando – Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera – Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs and Mr. Amila Rukshan, Senior Engineer- Invoicing and Marketing.

Photo Caption: ELABORATE EXHIBITION STALL OF COLOMBO DOCKYARD AND THE TEAM MEMBERS.
. L-R Mr. Darshana Candrasekera, Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs, Mr. Benny Fernando, Chief Operating Officer and Mr. Amila Rukshan, Senior Engineer, Invoicing and Marketing.