Ambassador of France to Sri Lanka and the Maldives Eric Lavertu, Secretary to the State Ministry of Warehouse Facilities, Container Yards, Port Supply Facilities and Boats and Shipping Industry Development D.D. Matharaarachchi and Embassy of France Economic Counsellor Jean-Alexandre Egea paid a courtesy visit to Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) recently.
The Ambassador undertook this visit as part of the recent contract inked between the Colombo Dockyard and Orange Marine – France.
The Ambassador, the Secretary to State Ministry and the Economic Counsellor were received by Colombo Dockyard Chairman Hideaki Tanaka and CD MD/CEO D.V. Abeysinghe and followed up by a cordial discussion including other senior officials of the Colombo Dockyard including K. Kanaya Director, S. Asai Technical Advisor/ Alt. Director, Benny Fernando Chief Commercial Officer, Thimira Godakumbura General Manager (Production) and Prince Lye Head of Shipbuilding Marketing.
Colombo Dockyard thanked the Ambassador, State Minister Jayantha Samaraweera and the Economic Counsellor for their support extended in view to the finalization of the contractual documents under special approval in November 2020, giving priority to continuation of economic activities without any hindrance by the pandemic. Colombo Dockyard presented plaques of appreciation to the Ambassador and Economic Counsellor and to the Secretary to the State Ministry on behalf of the Minister.
The Ambassador wished Colombo Dockyard, the best of luck in construction of this high technology vessel which is especially designed and equipped for sub-sea cable lay and repair operation duties worldwide and expressed his continued support to further consolidate bilateral business and to explore new avenues for business cooperation between France and Sri Lanka.
As the leader of Shipbuilding Industry in Sri Lanka, Colombo Dockyard continuously proves its excellence through successful securing and execution of shipbuilding projects worldwide and is one of the front runners of Sri Lankan industrialization. CDPLC operates in joint collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Company Limited of Japan who owns a stake of 51% at Colombo Dockyard PLC. CDPLC also has a 35% shareholding by the Sri Lankan Government institutions.