Immediately upon the explosion the safety and the fire department of the company responded promptly attended the site. The 14 personnel who sustained minor injuries, shock and temporary hearing loss were promptly treated at the company medical center manned by a qualified doctor and trained medical team were subsequently transferred to the Accident Service, National Hospital for further investigation/
All evacuation of the casualties was handled by the Colombo Dockyard fire, rescue and medical teams, who are specially trained to handle any such emergency evacuation or situation. Sri Lanka Police, Sri Lanka Navy who is responsible for port security under the ISPS regulations promptly visited the location. The Government Analyst too has been called to conduct his own independent investigations. The department of labour will also conduct their own inquiry into the incident.
As a responsible corporate citizen, Colombo Dockyard has always given utmost priority to safety, will conduct our own investigation to identify the root causes in order to take all necessary measures towards preventing recurrence of any such incidents in the future.
Company has been focusing on Behavior Based Safety (BBS) practices to further enhance the safety culture of the workers ensuring that these sorts of incidents are avoided all together.
Colombo Dockyard management and the employees extend the fullest co-operation to the authorities to conduct a free, fair and transparent investigation into this incident.
Currently the shipyard is busy with repairs to two naval vessels, four tankers and one research vessel. One of the first LPG carriers to call for extensive repairs tanker Nanga Parbat owned by Shipping Corporation of India is currently undergoing repairs in the yard as well. The repair work on all these vessels continues without any interruption or hindrance.
We wish to thank all those who expressed concern from many parts of the globe and are sincerely thankful for their support. We would like to recognize the unstinted commitment and professionalism of the company safety, fire, medical and the rescue teams who managed this unfortunate incident in the shortest possible time and minimal injuries demonstrating true excellence and professionalism.
Managing Director/ CEO
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Colombo Dockyard PLC is the island's leading Ship repair, Shipbuilding and Heavy Engineering facility, conveniently located inside the very Port of Colombo operates 4 graving dry-docks with a maximum capacity of 125,000 Dwt.