Colombo Dockyard successfully delivered the 40-passenger ferry built for the Jaffna District Secretariat recently at the Colombo Dockyard premises.
The ferry named Elutharakai will be deployed for transferring civilians from Kayts of the Jaffna peninsula to Analaitiuv via Eluvaitivu Island, a distance about six nautical miles, one way. This passenger ferry has good stability and excellent sea-keeping qualities and will be able to operate the task under fair weather conditions.
The passenger ferry has been designed and built considering the low water depths prevailing in the operational areas, so that the ferry could traverse through these shallow waters easily.
The passenger ferry has been built to Indian Register of Shipping Classification Society requirements.
The principal particulars of the passenger ferry are as follows: length overall: 17.50 m, length BP: 16.45 m, breadth moulded: 6.50 m, depth (moulded): 2.10 m (approx.), draft: 0.70 m (approx.), speed: 8 knots approx., classification: Indian Register of Shipping Swastika IWL, Zone 3, Passenger Ferry IY, Endurance: 30 NM. approx., crew: four persons, passengers: 40 passengers.
Being the premier shipbuilding and ship repairing facility in Sri Lanka, building vessels for operations worldwide, Colombo Dockyard considers it a national obligation to assist in the development of the maritime transportation infrastructure in Sri Lanka and is ready to pledge very special concessionary terms and conditions to fulfill the local requirement, said Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer D.V. Abeysinghe.
The visionary leadership to this flagship investment of Japan in Sri Lanka is provided by Colombo Dockyard PLC Chairman Dr. Toru Takehara.