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Colombo Dockyard celebrates 45th Anniversary today

Cable Laying Vessel launched by CDL to Japanese owners
Cable Laying Vessel launched by CDL to Japanese owners

Colombo Dockyard PLC, Sri Lanka’s premier ship repair and shipbuilding facility celebrates its 45th anniversary today (1).

Colombo Dockyard operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Ltd of Japan and the collaboration has enabled the Shipyard to blend in Japanese technological know-how with the skill and competence of a fully Sri Lankan workforce. Colombo Dockyard is considered as the Flag Ship investment made by Japan in Sri Lanka.

During its long and exciting journey, the Shipyard has offered ship repair assistance to over 10,000 ships and has contracted over 247 new ships for both local and international clientele. This indeed has been a remarkable journey, for a Shipyard which started off with a humble beginning now to be recognized as an internationally acclaimed, modern, integrated Shipyard capable of undertaking complex shipbuilding and repair works.

Since its inception way back in 1974, Colombo Dockyard has been on national duty and is one of Sri Lanka’s largest foreign exchange earners, generating an average annual turnover of over US$ 80 million. In addition to the economic benefit, the socio-cultural benefit it provides to the country is immeasurable, providing employment to over 3000 Sri Lankans, and developing the indigenous industry in the country and placing Sri Lanka in the world map of elite Shipbuilders.

The impetus for the good work performed by Colombo Dockyard is the guardianship of Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japans which has enabled Colombo Dockyard to offer Japanese quality products and service standards, guaranteed delivery times, at highly competitive prices and maintaining its market competitiveness over the past years.

Presently Colombo Dockyard is building a specialized 50 m Catamaran hull Pilot Station Vessel and a 60 m Buoy Tender Vessel for General Company for Ports of Iraq through Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan.

The Pilot Station Vessel is suitable to perform multi-purpose roles, such as transport Pilots and provisions, provide Pilots with accommodation services, provide station and necessary support for Pilot Boats etc… in unrestricted waters.

The twin-screw 60 m Buoy Tender Vessel is also intended for operation in unrestricted waters for multi-purpose roles such as to retrieve & launch marine navigation buoys, provide repair and maintenance to marine navigation buoy, transport marine navigation buoys and/or spare parts, transport general cargoes.

In addition to the above two overseas projects, Colombo Dockyard is building two Pilot Boats for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority to handle the increased vessel arrivals to the Sri Lankan ports. These Pilot Boats are designed to provide a stable platform during embarking and disembarking Pilots in all weather conditions experienced in Sri Lankan waters.

With the visionary guidance of the Chairman Hideaki Tanaka and pragmatic leadership of the Managing Director/ CEO D.V. Abeysinghe, Colombo Dockyard is indeed set to reach newer heights.

Colombo Dockyard 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 continues its odyssey of excellence. 

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