Japan's Onomichi Dockyard has expressed willingness to undertake mega infrastructure development and irrigation projects in Sri Lanka through its local unit Dockyard General Engineering Services (DGES), as there is enormous potential in the island following the end of the conflict, a top Japanese official said.
The company is fully geared to meet emerging engineering needs of Sri Lanka and it will bid for mega construction projects earmarked by the government in the near future, said Akihiko Nakuchi, Chairman of Colombo Dockyard PLC, a unit of Japan's Onomichi Dockyard.
More heavy engineering work is expected with Sri Lanka's efforts to rebuild infrastructure damaged by war and an economic revival anticipated, he added. Mr. Nakuchi has spent 38 years at Mitsui Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. of Japan having joined it as a fabrication engineer in 1971. He has experience in offshore projects in the North Sea as well as in bridge building.
Speaking to Business Times on the sidelines of the 1st anniversary ceremony of DGES held in Colombo on Thursday, Mr. Nakuchi noted that the company seeks to emerge as a big player in the fields of civil, mechanical and electrical engineering, both here and overseas. Its services range from designing to commissioning for petrochemical, infrastructure development, power, and irrigation projects.
DGES Chairman Mangala P.B. Yapa said the new Kelani river yard managed by the company has commenced its operations and it will soon become the unique cutting edge technology facility .He expressed the belief that this yard will meet Sri Lanka’s requirement of steel ferry and barge building and will service the ever growing tourism development and transport infrastructure expansion needs.