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A new pilot boat for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority

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New pilot vessel purchased by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority
Following signing of agreement for the pilot vessel, Chairman of SLPA – General Daya Ratnayake and Managing Director / CEO of CDL PLC – Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe exchange special plaques. Hon. State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development – Jayantha Samaraweera and Harbor Master of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – Captain Nirmal Silva are also in the picture.

A new pilot boat manufactured for the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)  was handed over to SLPA on 22.02.2021 at the Colombo Dockyard PLC.

Hon. State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development – Jayantha Samaraweera inspects the new pilot vessel purchased by Sri Lanka Ports Authority. Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) – General Daya Ratnayake, SLPA Harbor Master – Captain Nirmal Silva and Managing Director / CEO of Colombo Dockyard PLC – Mr. D.V. Abeysinghe are also in the picture.

Built  by the Colombo Dockyard PLC, the pilot boat was designed by Macduff Ship designing Ltd;  of Scotland. The pilot boat with a length of  19 meters is designed to easily accommodate four pilots and four sailors. With a top speed of 22 nautical miles, this vessel is specially designed to operate under any weather condition prevailing in Sri Lanka.

Addressing the gathering, Hon. State Minister of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development   – Jayantha Samaraweera said that the day was marked a  special day for Sri Lankan marine vessel  manufacturing  that had well demonstrated the excellence of the Colombo Dockyard PLC in vessel building.  “This is a sustainable step forward in highlighting Sri Lanka’s state of the art vessel  building capacities   creating  a positive attitude towards craft manufacturing capabilities  in Sri Lanka,” he emphasized.

In view of the pandemic situation prevailing in the country the event had been organized under health regulatory guidelines.   Secretary to the State Ministry  of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development –   Mr.D.D. Matararachchi, Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) –   General Daya Ratnayake, Vice Chairman of the Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA)  –  Prof. Prasantha Jayamanne, Harbor Master of Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) –  Captain Nirmal Silva, Colombo Dockyard PLC’s Chairman –   Mr.Hideaki  Tanaka, Managing Director / CEO Mr.  D.V. Abeysinghe and several  other officials of both institutions  were present at the occasion.