07th April 2010, www.lankabusinessonline.com
Sri Lanka's Colombo Dockyard, a listed ship builder, said it was getting ready to deliver the first of a series of four Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessels for a Singaporean client.
The yard, which is majority owned by Japan's Onomichi Dockyard, said in a statement it is building four 78-metre Multipurpose Platform Supply Vessels for Greatship Global Offshore Services of Singapore.
The vessel is to support offshore oil and gas fields on a twenty-four hours a day basis and has an endurance of about 35 days and a cruising range of about 9200 nautical miles.
"The vessel is capable of multi-purpose roles such as transportation of pipes, fresh water, diesel oil, bulk cement, stores, equipment, moving men, materials between platforms and shore, and also fire fighting."
The vessel was designed by ship design firm Seatech Solutions International (S) of Singapore in consultation with the owner and the builder, Colombo Dockyard.
"Over the past few years, Colombo Dockyard has accumulated a wealth of experience in building vessels for the offshore sector requirement," the statement said.
"(It) is now well geared to meet any kind of requirement that may arise in the offshore oil exploration activities being carried out in the Sri Lankan waters and offer its expert assistance in marine engineering."
Colombo Dockyard is set to deliver six vessels this year, including the Multi Purpose Platform Supply Vessels and a passenger vessel for the Indian government for use in its Lakshadweep island territories.