Colombo Dockyard Represents Sri Lankan Ship Repair And Shipbuilding At The SMM 2014 In Hamburg, Germany

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Sri Lanka’s pioneer Shipbuilding and Ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC participated at one of the biggest International Shipping Exhibitions “SMM 2014” during September 9-12 in Hamburg, Germany.

Colombo Dockyard has been a regular participant at many marine exhibitions, such as Posidonia, Greece and other platforms over the past three decades. This is the first instance Colombo Dockyard has participated as an active exhibitor at the SMM. 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.

German ship owners and managers represent a large share of the world’s floating tonnage. This naturally makes them one of the biggest spenders on ship building, dry docking and maintenance.

This mega international marine exhibition has been a meeting place for global shipping fraternity stake holders such as: Shipyards, machinery and equipment suppliers, classification societies, flag states, shipbrokers to name a few.

This year with more than 2,100 exhibitors from all around the world, including 150 first-timers, with 50,000 industry visitors and roughly 90,000 square metres of exhibition space. This platform provides an effective mode for Colombo Dockyard to promote its facilities and products to the German/European markets. The positive developments in the country with peaceful environment conducive for business, has been instrumental in many European clients looking at Colombo seriously as a potential ship repair and building facility.

During this mega event, some of the factors highlighted to the potential clients were: Colombo’s strategic location close to the 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 the Offshore Vessels Sector, mainly our market proven Anchor Handling Tugs, Offshore Platform Support Vessels, Crew Boats and Passenger Ferries.

Colombo Dockyard teamed up with Combitrade GMBH our representative in Germany to maximise the impact at this Exhibition.

Colombo Dockyard team was lead by Dr. Toru Takehara – Chairman, Mr. K. B. Nayakarathna- General Manager (Commercial), Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera-Head of Marketing (Ship Repairs) and Mr. Sanjeeva Jayathileka – Senior Engineer. The first copy of the latest issue of Coldock Times anniversary issued specially focusing the SMM was handed over to Mr. Peter Pinck – General Manager, Combitrade by Dr. Toru Takehara, Chairman.