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Colombo Dockyard officials commend PM for support amidst pandemic

  • Expects to make $ 100 m for this year, and $ 120 m in 2022

Colombo Dockyard PLC Chairman Hideaki Tanaka and officials of the company called on Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (25), and thanked him for his support over the last two years.

During the period, Colombo Dockyard PLC has fabricated two ships namely “Alka” and “Shan Al Arak”, both of which are due to be handed over to the Iraqi Government on 4 November for $ 35 million. Another high-tech ship valued at $ 45 million is also currently being built for Orange Marine Company in France, and once completed, it will be the second largest ship to be built at the Colombo dockyard. 

The Prime Minister was invited by Colombo Dockyard to join the handover event for a group of six eco-friendly ships currently being built on behalf of the Government of Norway.

Colombo Dockyard is expected to generate $ 100 million for 2021 and $ 120 million in 2022. Colombo Dockyard Chief Executive Officer (CEO) D.V. Abeysinghe added that a regional ship repair branch will be opened in Trincomalee on 2 November 2021, and a further extension to the Hambantota Port is planned afterwards. The Prime Minister took note of the fact that both regional branches are expected to create substantial employment opportunities.

Additional Secretary to the Prime Minister Chaminda Kularatne, as well as Colombo Dockyard’s Chief Operating Officer (COO) K.B.P. Fernando, General Manager (Ship Repair Production) S.G. Senadeera, and Environmental Engineer Supun Pathirage were also present at the meeting.