Lack of competent staff, debars ship repair orders
Colombo Engineering, a leading ship repair company in Sri Lanka has
declined an offer to invest in a Ship repair facility in Doha and
According to Chairman Colombo Shipping, Kiran Atapattu, the offers
were made last year. "I have the investments and a foreign partner for
the project. However I am not in a position to pursue these proposals
since there is no competent staff to recruit for the project," he said.
He said that this project needs highly qualified skilled labour and
sadly this manpower is not available in Sri Lanka. "I could hire staff
from the Gulf of India. But the present financial position in my company
will not be able to pay the high wages I would have to pay," he said.
Attapattu said that there is no proper training school or a higher
education institution in this field to feed in competent staff to meet
my requirement. "This is an area that needs urgent attention," he said.
He said that the local ship building industry can be turned around to
be Sri Lanka's number one forex earner and a proper marketing plan is
needed to attract shipping companies to bring ship repair jobs to us.
He said that since Sri Lanka is located in the centre of the East and
West shipping route, attracting the shipping companies to place more
ship repair orders would not be a difficult task.
"Many countries are already doing this and its high time to develops
an aggressive business proposal to promote the shipping sector," he
said. He said that whenever a ship anchors in the Port for repairs she
has to stay for five days and during their stay the crew and passengers
would make purchases which would bring more revenue and especially it
would stimulate the cottage industry.
"They make purchases to the value of millions and these arguers well
for the country," he said.
Attapattu is the only local entrepreneur to win the highest number of
awards and this was due to his customer service, immediate response,
dedication and total responsibility, prompt attendance. (SS)
CSE counts 37 years of service
When Sri Lanka gained independence in 1948, the country's trade was
dominated by foreign shipping lines, most of which were members of
International Freight/Shipping Conferences.
Shipping conferences are cartels, which are closed-door meetings of
shipping companies working on the same routes and which jointly decide
common tariff rates and terminal handling charges. As a result, freight
rates are generally high and unvarying. Customers then have no option
but to pay what is demanded.
The Sri Lanka government is keenly aware of this fact, decided to
create a Sri Lankan fleet to assist the country's trade. Accordingly the
Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC) was established in June 6, 1971 by a
Special Act of Parliament.
The CSC along with the Central Freight Bureau of Sri Lanka (CFB)
which was established a few months later, radically changed Sri Lanka's
shipping during the late 1970s and 1980s.
The CSC built up a fleet of 16 vessels whilst chartering other ships
when required and played a major pioneering role in containerising the
shipping trade from South Asia. Its promotional freight rates greatly
supported domestic exporters and provided the necessary stimulus to the
nation's export drive.
Additionally, the Corporation provided international training to its
crew and shore staff, many of whom are now serving with distinction with
local and international shipping companies.
In 1990, the government liberalised shipping policies to encourage
more shipping lines to call Colombo with a view to making it the 'Hub'
port of the region. As a relatively unknown fledgling service, CSC could
not complete with the new giant mega lines that were calling at Colombo.
Realising the futility of competing with the massive international
lines, the national carrier thereafter rationalised its services by
concentrating on chartering its remaining vessels - and broke new ground
in the areas of NVOCC operations, clearing and forwarding. Through
prudent fiscal management, CSCL systematically repaid the loans incurred
through purchasing of vessels.
With the Corporation financially viable, the new management who took
over the CSCL last year is endeavouring to build anew the CSCL fleet and
This will ensure that when the Corporation reaches its 4th decade of
service to nation, Sri Lanka will once again see the "National Carrier"
actively entering the international shipping arena and serving the
Neil Marine built one 14 mtr Pilot Launch "Merle" and a 14 mtr
passenger launch "Marianne" for the Ports Authority in Seychelles.
One of the vessels that exported
These two boats were shipped on board "Praslin Wave" which was
specially chartered to pick up these boats from Colombo harbour.
They were exclusively custom built at the Neil Marine boat yard in
Negombo and the yard was able to deliver the boats on time to the
satisfaction of the Seychelles Ports Authority. These two boats will be
ceremonially launched on the June 16, the National Day of Seychelles in
the capital of Mahe.
Prior to the delivery of the vessels their Engineers flew in to Sri
Lanka and sea trials were conducted successfully between Negombo and
Neil Marine has supplied a large number of boats in the past to
Seychelles and the vessels are well-known in Seychelles for their
The vessels are powered with twin Yamaha Diesel marine inboard
Engines of 400 HP capacity each and were able to have a speed of 23
knots per hour. They are also installed with radar, SSB radio,
navigational compass, life rafts and all other passenger safety
The pilot launch has seating capacity for 23 and the passenger launch
has seating capacity for 45.
"Neil Marine is proud to announce the execution of this order," said
Production: Viksund Asia was established as a BOI Company in
Sri Lanka for the production of small and middle size
pleasure boats which were exported. In 2004 Vikshund Design
and Model Centre was established with BOI privileges for
developing and designing of boat moulds. Today Viksund
Design and Model Centre has 100 to 110 well trained Sri
Lankan employees and produces neraly 500 boats per year for
exports. Two workers seen in busy giving final touches to a