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Colombo Dockyard Gives a strong message to the European Market on Sri Lanka's return to normalcy
Sri Lanka's pioneer Shipbuilding and Ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC was the sole participant from Sri Lanka in one of the leading International Shipping Exhibitions "Nor-Shipping 2019" during June 4-7 in Oslo, Norway.
Colombo Dockyard has been a regular participant at many marine exhibitions, such as Posidonia, Greece, Sea Asia Singapore, SMM Germany, Inmex India and other platforms over the past four decades. This is the third instance Colombo Dockyard has participated as an active exhibitor at the Nor Shipping. The shipyard has been flying the Sri Lankan flag and promoting Colombo as a competitive repair and building centre in the South Asian region in Europe and Global platforms.
Norwegian ship owners and managers represent a large share of the world's offshore / floating tonnage. This naturally makes them one of the significant market segments for Colombo Dockyard. This mega international marine exhibition has been a meeting place for European and Global shipping fraternity stakeholders such as Ship Owners, Ship Managers, Shipyards, machinery and equipment suppliers, classification societies, flag states, shipbrokers to name a few.
This platform was used to inform the market of the latest shipyard developments offerings, such as the newly formed Rapid Response Afloat repair Service team (RRARS) that can be mobilised swiftly at any Sri Lankan port to attend to multiple types of afloat repairs. The shipyard's readiness to handle the installation of Ballast Water Management Systems (BWMS) and Scrubbers, which is a requirement as a result of the IMO statutory regulations kicking in on January 1st 2020.
During this event, some of the other key factors highlighted to the potential clients were: Colombo's strategic location close to the main marine trading routes, minimal diversion for vessel's calling to discharge in the Indian coast, quality repair services, safe working environment, Japanese expertise available through our collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard, faster turnaround times and competitive rates. The shipbuilding sector highlighted the wide product portfolio on offer for complex vessels such as the Cable Laying vessels and offshore Vessels Sector, mainly our market-proven Anchor Handling Tugs, Offshore Platform Support Vessels, Crew Boats, Coast Guard Vessels, Harbour Tugs, Work Boats, Passenger Ferries and other specialised Vessels.
Colombo Dockyard partnered with Colombo Dockyard' representative in Norway M/s. Ulrik Quvale & Partners AS, Norway. Mr. Kjell Fr. Jacobsen and Mr. Oivind Qvale representing the UQP were instrumental in coordinating the exhibition logistics in making the event successful.
Colombo Dockyard team was lead by Mr. Darshana Chandrasekera – Head of Marketing, Ship Repairs, Mr. Prince Lye, Head of Marketing, Ship Building and Mr. Amila Rukshan, Senior Engineer- Invoicing and Marketing.
Darshana Chandrasekera, Head of Marketing