Since its establishment in 1974 Colombo Dockyard has witnessed recessions, boom times and natural disasters, but describes the pandemic-driven lockdown situation as ‘unique and unprecedented’. With lockdown restrictions being eased by the Sri Lanka government on May 11th, the yard resorts that operations are now returning back to greater normality.
Over the lockdown period, the shipyard had been operating at 20-30% capacity, providing only essential repair services and completing vessels undergoing repairs in the yard. Now it says operations have been ramped back up ‘new normal’ levels. This reached an important milestone on 17th May with the commencement of repair works on two bulk carriers with no berthing delays on arrival. A spokesman for the yard said, “We are now ready to serve the emerging needs of the market in these challenging post Covid times.”