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Shipping industry to stay afloat - Kiran

The prestigious Presidential Award for Ship Building and Ship Repairing was won by Colombo Engineering on many occasions and here then President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen presenting the award to Kiran Atapattu, Sri Lanka’s largest shareholder of MTD Walkers Group of Companies at the Awards ceremony held at Temple Trees.

The prestigious Presidential Award for Ship Building and Ship Repairing was won by Colombo Engineering on many occasions and here then President Mahinda Rajapaksa is seen presenting the award to Kiran Atapattu, Sri Lanka’s largest shareholder of MTD Walkers Group of Companies at the Awards ceremony held at Temple Trees.

The global and local shipping industry would continue stay afloat since it’s the part of the main global supply chain of the world during all times said Sri Lanka’s largest shareholder of MTD Walkers Group of Companies, Kiran Atapattu.

Even centuries ago shipping was one of key movers of the global economy and hence the industry would not see a major down turn.

In addition the ship repairing business where MTD Walkers has over a 100 year history will be much sought after area. “Investments towards this segment is would have high short and long term gains.”

He said that with the coronavirus pandemic, the importance of having a second airport at Mattala has proved to be effective as it helped to host ship crew transfers and other airline related matters. The reason for Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (MRIA) to be in demand was its unique geographical location and the infrastructure facilities it offered.

It was unfortunate that the previous UNP government did not see the value of MIRA and instead used it to store paddy and the present Airport Aviation Services had to spend millions of rupees to refurbish it.

With the MRIA being active Hambantota Harbour too would have more business proving once again it was a step in the right direction taken to build an international airport and Port in Hambantota by the then President Mahinda Rajapaksa.

The Port of Colombo is ranked as world’s No.01 container growth port among the top 30 container ports for the year of 2018.

With such growth, Port of Colombo has leapt ahead many other Asian Ports, Major European Ports and Dubai as well. “The Colombo Port efficiency is the key to its success and the Port soon will be best Port in the SAARC region.”

Atapattu who has won the highest number of business awards in Sri Lanka for his enterpruning skills was also of the view that the Cruise business will continue to maintain a positive trend.


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