Sri Lanka’s Colombo Dockyard has opened a branch office at Trincomalee port, in a ceremony marked by the cutting of the ribbon by Hon. Jayantha Samaraweera, State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development. Addressing the invitees, the State Minister emphasised that, “This is a historical moment. While ship repairing is adding to the profile of Trincomalee port, this event is an opportunity to expose the boat and shipbuilding capabilities of the country to the world.”
The new office allows Colombo Dockyard’s afloat repair teams, currently based in Colombo and Hambantota, to extend their services to Trincomalee, where they can handle larger size vessels more comfortably. According to the company, marine traffic between East India to Asia is increasing rapidly creating more opportunities for afloat repair and service opportunities in the region. Taking advantage of the natural deep draft facilities, proximity and sheltered water, Colombo Dockyard can now extend its ship repair footprint to the East coast of the island.