Left to Right – Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera – Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs, Dr. T. Takehara- Chairman, Mr. Ranil Wijegunawardena – Managing Director, Mr. Peter Stevenson- Managing Director – Simplex Turbulo, Mr. K B Nayakarathne –General Manager (Commercial) and Mr. Prince Lye –Head of Marketing, Shipbuilding.
On March 19th 2015 Simplex-Turbulo signed the agency agreement in Sri Lanka with Colombo Dockyard. Simplex’s Managing Director, Peter Stevenson, and senior officials of Colombo Dockyard were present at this event.
Colombo Dockyard PLC has been looking to develop the markets in Europe, the UK, the Far East and the Indian Subcontinent, employing energetic marketing campaigns to generate quality business leads for ship repair and ship building enquiries. Colombo Dockyard PLC, established in 1974, has operated in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co Ltd Japan since 1993.
UK ship owners and managers used the facilities at the Colombo Dockyard extensively throughout the 1980s and 90s, but following the development of Singapore and Hong Kong as ship management hubs this usage has dropped off. However various factors are now combining to make Colombo Dockyard a very attractive option for UK ship managers and owners. For vessels trading in Indian sub-continent and south-east Asian waters the repair facilities at this yard are of a high quality and convenient access.
On the shipbuilding front Colombo Dockyard is able to construct specialist offshore support vessels, globally proven in the offshore operating field. During his visit, Peter Stevenson was able to see at first hand the excellent logistic support available in Sri Lanka for routine repairs as well as for carrying out offshore-related projects.
As a result of the renewed European interest, the yard has appointed UK-based Simplex-Turbulo Co Ltd, whose dynamic team is headed by Mr. Peter Stevenson to promote its facilities. Simplex-Turbulo Co Ltd is a member of The ST Diesel & Marine Group which also includes Lincoln Diesels Ltd and associate companies Maritime Propulsion Services and Maritime Propeller Repairs. The group is an independent company, founded in 1935, dedicated to keeping customers’ engines and vessels working as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible.