Colombo Dockyard PLC has beaten stiff competition from China, Thailand and Germany and secured the contracts for the construction of two numbers 400 Passenger cum 250 Ton Cargo Vessels for the Administration of Union Territory of Lakshadweep, India, the Sri Lankan company said recently.
The contracts were signed on August 27 at Kochi between Owners representatives Dr. M.S. Sayed Ismail Koya Director, Port Shipping & Aviation of UTLA and Mangala P.B. Yapa, Managing Director/ CEO of Colombo Dockyard PLC, in the presence of Shri Amar Nath IAS, Administrator UTLA as the Chief Guest, Dr. N. Vasantakumar IAS Collector & development Commissioner and in the midst of a large distinguished gathering.
These two new vessels will also be deployed to cater to the increased traffic en-route from the mainland (Cochin, India) to UTL Islands, as well as in the inter island routes and the enhanced passenger capacity is expected to ease the movement of passengers especially during peak season.
“The significance of this project is that, immediately a year after delivery of the history making Arabian Sea and Lakshadweep Sea, which were the first two passenger vessels that a Sri Lankan organization built and delivered to India, the Government of India has placed yet another order with us.
We are indeed proud of the absolute confidence placed on Colombo Dockyard by the Government of India, counting on our over 37 years of experience and proven competencies, in awarding this prestigious contract,” the company said in a statement.