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Colombo Dockyard clinches Rs. 7 b export order

Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) has secured a significant contract to construct two 130 T BP Anchor Handling Tug Supply Vessels at a cost of approximately Rs. 7 billion.

These vessels will be built for Singapore based owners, a media release from Colombo Dockyard Plc said.

The official signing of the contracts was held on Wednesday at the Colombo Dockyard PLC head office premises with the owner's representatives and senior management of Colombo Dockyard along with Japanese Technical Advisors.

This was the first contract CDPLC penned with this new client and CDPLC had to outbid stiff competition from several South East Asian shipbuilding yards to secure the contract.

This contract will enable CDPLC to traverse smoothly through these difficult times experienced the world over. The significance of this contract is that during times of recession when other global yards record cancellation of confirmed orders, (some even having to close down their operations), CDPLC has attracted new customers.

The release said the eradication of terrorism, emergence of peace and political stability has immensely helped CDPLC to aggressively market our products successfully in the world arena.

This is the largest capacity vessel (bollard pull wise), that CDPLC has contracted in its 35-year history. For the design and machinery and equipment package Moss, Wartsila and Berg has supported CDPLC with their best offers to show their continued support towards us and their desire to be our partners demonstrating their confidence in working with us.

The vessel is designed to undertake supply duties between base offshore units, handling anchors, chain and piggy back anchors as well as suit casing anchors of pipe laying barges, semi-submersibles other moored offshore structures, towing of barges, semi-submersibles and other vessels. The vessels' design has been developed by Moss Maritime AS of Norway, a world renowned ship designing company having expertise in the field of designing vessels, platforms and floaters used by the offshore industry.

Considering the complexity and nature of the work, CDPLC selected OEM's of high repute with proven track record of performance for the machinery and equipment that will go onboard these vessels.

The vessels are equipped with two Wartsila Main Engines made in Finland each developing a power of 4080 kW at 1000 rpm, driving two Swedish made Berg BCP 950 Controllable Pitch Propellers, two flap rudders, two tunnel thrusters at the bow, and two tunnel thrusters at the stern. This combination provides a high level of manoeuvrability, optimum efficiency and cost effective operation for the vessel, the release said.

Dolphin Marine gets class certification

Dolphin Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd., is the first fully Sri Lankan owned company to build vessels for foreign clients.

Germanischer Lloyd Colombo PLC Ltd Country Manager S.R.L. de Silva presenting the Class Certification to Dolphin Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd Managing Director W.D. Amarasiri. Germanischer Lloyd Colombo PLC Ltd. Surveyor D.L. Daulagala and Dolphin Marine Lanka (Pvt) Ltd. Project Manager Anil Balasuriya are also in the picture.

The vessel being built is a 17 Ton Bollard Pull Tug under the Class of Germanischcer Lloyd.

Germanischer Lloyd Colombo PLC Ltd. is a subsidiary of Germanischer Lloyd of Germany which is one of the top classification societies in the world.

When a ship is being built, the Class is involved from the very first stages of building. First the drawings and plans for the ship being built need to be approved by the class society.

Then from the steel cutting to the keel laying, from the approval of the workshop or yard that is facilitating the building to the qualification of welders and welding procedures, supervision and confirmation that the vessel is built as per the rules of the classification society, testing of the welds, steel plates, tightness of tanks, machinery operation and finally floating of the vessel and endurance and other trials are all under the direct supervision of the class.

The class societies are bound by internationally accepted norms, regulations and rules which are developed by the International Association of Classification Societies (IACS) in concurrent with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) a branch of the UN.

Germanischer Lloyd is one of the 10 IACS members, and leads the world in having the highest tonnage in container vessels under their class.


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