Colombo Dockyard Ship Repair and Building operations return to New-Normal Levels
Sri Lankan government's aggressive drive to combat the COVID 19 pandemic from mid-march has been effective, paving the way for relaxing the lock-down on 11th May 2020. The Government of Sri Lanka appointed COVID 19 Task-force had declared all Port related activities as essential services, thus giving the shipyard to continue its operations under its guidelines
Sri Lankan government's aggressive drive to combat the COVID 19 pandemic from mid-march has been effective, paving the way for relaxing the lock-down on 11th May 2020. The Government of Sri Lanka appointed COVID 19 Task-force had declared all Port related activities as essential services, thus giving the shipyard the freedom to continue its operations under its guidelines. Over the lock-down period, the shipyard has been operating at 30~40% capacity providing essential repair services, completing the vessels undergoing repairs in the yard, meeting the client's requirements safely. The number of workers on site has been gradually increased with further relaxation of the restrictions on May 26th.
In Colombo Dockyard, we focus on organizing the work of our shipyard team and subcontractors in such a way that it is carried out in the safest possible way, in keeping in line with the Government COVID 19 Task-force guidelines.
The shipyard operations have stepped up to planned New-Normal operational levels, under the in~house campaign titled "Revival" under the visionary leadership of Mr Hideki Tanaka, Chairman, Mr D V Abeysinghe, Managing Director and Mr Benny Fernando, Chief Operating Officer.
We are pleased to place on record that, we have started repairs on two bulk carriers successfully (17th of May), managing to clear the mandatory health clearances smoothly.
Obtaining special permission to relax the mandatory quarantine of 14 days to 01 day, by expediting the process after PCR testing mechanism was adopted on the ships crew, resulting in no berthing delays of the vessel (on account of quarantine ). This has been possible on account of the professional guidance given the Port Health Officials and the Harbour Master.
In solidarity of the efforts, Colombo Dockyard actively contributed Five Million Rupees to the national COVID task force fund.
The Shipyard operates jointly in Collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd., Japan since 1993, providing the best Japanese-Sri Lankan expertise and the location and economic convenience of Colombo. The shipyard is ready to serve the emerging needs of the market, in this post COVID challenging times.
"an odyssey of excellence continues..."
DARSHANA CHANDRASEKERA, HEAD OF MARKETING