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Prime Minister thanked for encouraging ship building

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Colombo Dockyard PLC Chairman D.V. Abeysinghe and a group of officials met Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa at Temple Trees yesterday (25) to extend their appreciation for the assistance rendered in producing two ships during the COVID-19 pandemic generating foreign exchange for the country.

The two US$ 35 million ships ‘Alka’ and ‘Shan Al Arak’ were built by the Colombo Dockyard during the pandemic period and are due to be handed over to the Iraqi Government on the 4th of November.

Abeysinghe told the Prime Minister that for the first time, a regional branch for ship repair will be opened in Trincomalee on November 2 in support of the Government’s future plans.

In addition to Trincomalee, he expressed hope to expand the services in the future through the existing office at the Hambantota Port.

A high-tech ship is currently being built for the French Orange Marine Company, the second largest ship to be built at the Colombo dockyard. The project is worth US $ 45 million. In addition, a group of six eco-friendly ships are currently being built at the Colombo Dockyard on behalf of the Government of Norway.

The Colombo Dockyard officials yesterday extended an official invitation to the Prime Minister to attend the handing over of the fleet.

The Colombo Dockyard is expected to generate US $ 100 million by 2021 and US $ 120 million by 2022, boosting the country’s economy.

The Prime Minister instructed the Colombo dockyard officials to take steps to create more employment opportunities through the Trincomalee and Hambantota regional branches.

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