Sri Lanka’s pioneer Shipbuilding and Ship repairing facility, Colombo Dockyard PLC participated at one of the biggest International Shipping Exhibitions ‘Norshipping 2015’ recently in Oslo, Norway.
Colombo Dockyard has been a regular participant at many marine exhibitions, such as Posidonia, Greece, SMM- Germany and other platforms over the past four decades. This is the third instance Colombo Dockyard has participated as an active exhibitor at the Norshipping exhibition.
The shipyard has been flying the Sri Lankan flag and promoting Colombo as a competitive repair and building centre in the South Asian region in Europe and
Norwegian ship owners and managers represent a large share of the world’s offshore and floating tonnage. This naturally makes them one of the biggest spenders on ship building, dry docking and maintenance.
This mega international marine exhibition has been a meeting place for global shipping fraternity stakeholders such as shipyards, machinery and equipment suppliers, classification societies, flag states, shipbrokers to name a few.
This year with more than 992 exhibitors from all around the world, the event attracted 32,300 industry visitors to roughly 45,000 square metres of exhibition space. This platform provides an effective mode for Colombo Dockyard to promote its facilities and specially the products IE. Custom built offshore support vessels to the Norwegian /European markets.
The positive developments in the country with peaceful environment conducive for business, has been instrumental in many European clients looking at Colombo seriously as a potential ship repair and building facility.
During this mega event, some of the factors highlighted to the potential clients were: Colombo’s strategic location close to the main marine trading routes, minimal diversion for vessel’s calling to discharge in the Indian coast, quality repair services, safe working environment, Japanese expertise available through collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard, faster turnaround times and competitive rates.
The shipbuilding sector highlighted the wide product portfolio on offer for the offshore vessels sector, mainly our market proven anchor handling tugs, offshore platform support vessels, crew boats and passenger ferries.
Colombo Dockyard teamed up with Ulrik Qvale & Partners as the representative in Norway to maximise the impact at this exhibition. Colombo Dockyard team was led by Chairman Dr. Toru Takehara, Assistant General Manager Ship Management and Invoicing Benny Fernando, Head of Marketing Ship Repairs Darshana Chandrasekera and Head of Marketing Ship Building Prince Lye.