Ofer Ships Holdings Mahima calls Colombo Dockyard
MV. SCI Mahima renamed as MSC Mahima to join the new charter -
accommodated at CDY’s 125,000 DWT drydock.
MV. SCI Mahima (53,726 DWT) container carrier under the management of
Ofer (Ships Holdings) Israel called at Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDY)
recently for her intermediate survey and drydocking repairs. Ofer (Ships
Holdings) is one of the biggest fleet owners in the global ship owning
During this landmark drydocking call the CDY was entrusted to carry
out routine drydock related work. CDY approached the work professionally
with the redelivery deadline in mind, after a collective all round
effort from all production departments, specially the steel department,
dockyard managed to complete the total work package on schedule.
The major jobs attended were steel renewal inside ballast tanks (over
75 tons), rudder related steel work in confined spaces and hatch cover
repairs. This container vessel boasted of a massive propeller weighing
over 45 tons, this was one of the heaviest propellers handled by CDY
staff in the recent past.
The shaft seals were also renewed, while main engine air coolers were
cleaned, all sea valves were over hauled among other routine repairs.
The Ship Manager P.C. Luwishewa handled the project with the able
support from all production department engineers and workers.
Steel department played a key role with majority of the work package
coming under their purview, the steel engineers Thiwanka Seneviratne and
Gandika Weligamage played a key role in this project. The repairs were
completed within the quoted 22 days meeting the owners and the
classification society’s full satisfaction.
The attending superintendent Shami Ilan and I. Lurie - Technical
Manager represented the owners during this first call to CDY. The 1985
built and classed under the Lloyds register SCI Mahima sailed out of the
CDY in “Ship Shape” to her next loading port on schedule.
Thus, successful completion of repairs to SCI Mahima adds world
renowned Ofer (Ship Holdings) Israel to Colombo Dockyard PLC’s list of
satisfied customers. The local agents Star Lanka Shipping handled the
local husbanding work for the owners during this drydocking call.
Marine BizTV to cover maritime industry at ICS
The ICS SL Annual Award Ceremony will be held at the Cinnamon Grand
Hotel under patronage of Minister Chamal Rajapaksa and Chairman of ICS
Kevin Shakesheff together with ICS Karu Jayasooriya and Rauf Hakeem
as guests of honour on February 8.
This years annual award ceremony goes down in the history as one of
the best events which is to be witnessed by the maritime community
worldwide as Maritime BizTV, a Dubai based TV channel came forward to
cover our maritime industry in Sri Lanka at the invitation of ICS SL and
will telecast live worldwide.
CEO/MD Sohon Roy said: “If Sri Lanka is to take advantage of her
strategic location and put against Dubai and Singapore, which I believe
she is well capable of, it would make prudent sense for Marine BizTV to
make a series of programmes and showcase the industry as a whole to the
entire Maritime world.”
During their stay Marine BizTV personnel will carry out their Sri
Lanka promotion programmes in consultation with ICS SL and all
stakeholders will get adequate exposure for the services they offer in
and out of Sri Lanka for the maritime industry.
This will be an unique opportunity for the industry leaders to
get-together and work in close harmony with ICS to put up a great
product to entice entire shipping community of all what could be done.
Chairman ICS SL Maxwell de Silva said that at a time when the country
is fighting for a separatist war, decision taken by Maritme BizTV is
laudable and we all should take this opportunity to market our country
The visit of the new chairman ICS Intl Kevin Shakesheff is also an
important milestone as ICS recognise the importance of Sri Lanka as
their education hub for the entire area.
This year there will be 6 customer service awards for different trade
routes with an overall winner who will also be selected based on
customer survey currently carried out by Business Insights and
‘Three Queens’ sail together for first and only time
Three of the world’s best-known ocean liners steamed out of New York
harbour together late Sunday, sailing out of the same port for the first
and only time in their history.
The Queen Mary 2, Queen Elizabeth 2 and newly-launched Queen Victoria
slipped past the Statue of Liberty together under the cover of darkness
as fireworks burst overhead, offering maritime history fans a unique
“This is the first time they’ve all met,” Carol Marlow, president of
Cunard Line, which operates the three ships, told reporters in New York.
“It’s not only special because it’s the first time we’ve had these three
ships together, it’s special because it will never happen again,” she
said. “This is a truly momentous occasion.”
The Queen Victoria, launched in December and on her maiden world
cruise, and the Queen Mary 2, launched in 2004 and the largest ocean
liner in the world, were both headed for the Caribbean.
The Queen Elizabeth 2, which was due to be retired in November to
become a floating hotel in Dubai, was headed for South America at the
beginning of her final world cruise. AFP
Ancient ship suppliers paid only a royalty:
Gold mind in shipping industry
“Ship Supplies” is the gold mind in shipping industry in the world.
Ship owner’s and agent’s return on investment is very low compared to
ship suppliers globally. When we compare the risk factor also it is very
low for Ship Suppliers.
“Ship Chandling” is the Traditional name for this trade. Worldwide
all ship suppliers are free of Duties / Taxes due to the peculiar nature
of ship crews and passengers. It is one of the major reason to develop
this trade independently, worldwide.
All supplies to the Ships are considered as exports since they earns
in Foreign Exchange Globally. Therefore they are entitle for normal
incentives provided by each government for exports development. It is an
important part of International trade too.
It is a very old trade in Sri Lanka, started with the arrival of
foreign ships to Sri Lanka, may be over 5000 years ago. Olden days ship
suppliers have to pay small, royalty to the kings on their turnover.
Entire trade was handle by the private individuals and companies till
1964. When the Government wanted to start Ceylon Shipping Corporation in
1964 Minister P.B.G. Kalugalla , who started Ceylon Port Services Ltd as
Government owned ship supplier for the first time in Sri Lankan history.
At the same time Minister organized the Ceylon Ship Supplier
Association to have “Healthy Competition” among ship suppliers in Sri
Later it became Sri Lanka Ship Suppliers Association. In 1989 SLSSA
became full executive member in International Ship Suppliers Association
based in London, U.K. The General Manager of Ceylon port Services Ltd
was the ex- officio Secretary of SLSSA and Board Member of ISSA
This relationship was changed with the management change of Ceylon
Port Services Ltd in 2003. Now the entire trade is in the hands of the
2007 there were 71 private corporate members in the trade including 8
foreign owned companies. The short supply by Local Ship Suppliers have
created a path for foreign ship suppliers. This situation started when
the Government lost it’s control over this trade through Ceylon Port
It is not a healthy situation to the country. Specially under foreign
security threats prevailing today in Sri Lanka. Government should
re-consider taking back the management of Ceylon Port Services Ltd on
national security aspects.
Even at present we are not supplying over 90% of opportunities
available to Sri Lanka on ship supplies. Over 300 ships are passing Sri
Lanka for 24 hours period on average as per Loyeds records.
Only 10 -12 ships are calling port of Colombo per day. It is the true
situation of this trade in Sri Lanka. I.O.C. has realised the
opportunities for bunkering. Sri Lankans are keeping a blind eye on
these golden opportunities for generations.
Chairman of SLSSA has identified the followings shortcomings for
non-development of Ship Supply Trade in Sri Lanka.
Lack of awareness among Entrepreneurs, Un-realistic regulations
enforce by the Government Authorities, lack of relation ship with ISSA,
poor supply of Duty Free goods to the ships, poor supply of services to
the ships and lack of government support for this trade.