Friday, August 26, 2011

S’pore company orders four ships from Dockyard


Colombo Dockyard has secured a deal to build four 78-metre Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessels for a company based in Singapore.

Chairman Colombo Dockyard PLC, Mangala Yapa speaking to Daily News Business last night disclosed that this deal is to the tune of US $ 110 million.

Multi-purpose Platform Supply Vessels, or (MPSVs), are designed to have an enhanced accommodation area for 50 persons. These accommodation areas are well-appointed and are aesthetically designed with special attention being made to noise and vibration levels and crew comfort onboard the vessel.

The Vessel is also classed with “In Water Survey” denoting the vessel could be operated without being dry-docked for five years. Due to this, surveying the underwater parts of the vessel could be carried out while the vessel is still afloat instead of having to dry dock the vessel for examination of under water areas, as is conventionally done. This is a huge saving for the owner.

In addition, the vessel is also equipped with the Tail Shaft monitoring system (SCM), a huge advantage to the owner in his quest for monitoring of temperature and conditions in the tail shafts.

“At a time when the other shipyards are going through a recession, we have been blessed to have such ‘deals’ to keep the industry moving forward,” Yapa said.

The expertise of the Colombo Dockyard, quality of workmanship backed by the on time delivery track record was the key to secure this second deal from Singapore ahead of other countries in the region. This vessel shall be another green, eco-friendly vessel to be built by the yard, with lower fuel consumption, reduced NOx and greenhouse gas emissions. Up to date, Colombo Dockyard has built 4 MPSVs in its facility and three more are under construction for another Singapore based company. The latest additions to the Colombo Dockyard’s Shipbuilding Order Book, will take the Shipyard through the years 2012, 2013 and 2014 with an impressively heavy order book, especially considering the current global shipbuilding down-turn, which will undoubtedly make other shipyards in the region envious.
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