Pangaea super-luxury yacht calls Colombo for her layup repairs

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A Hill Robinson International Inc. USA managed expedition motor yacht called Colombo for her repair requirements during end May. This 58-metre expedition motor yacht, designed and built in 1999 by Halter Marine as Samantha Lyn., underwent a significant refit in 2008 and called in for afloat repairs requirements after her cruising assignments in the Maldives. Colombo Dockyard facilities have been utilised by many international operators and this project has been successfully completed, meeting owner’s and class requirements. Colombo Dockyard has been aggressively marketing its repair services for this specialised sector, with specialist assistance of Duncan McGregor of Eclipse Yachts Thailand, who was instrumental in coordinating this project. After completing her repairs in Colombo, she has shifted to Galle for further layup. The vessel will return to her cruising duties in either Maldives or Seychelles. The owner’s interests were looked after by Capt. Ferdi Heymann. The yard team was headed by Ship Manager Ajith Kariyapperuma, who was well-supported by all production departments to re-deliver the vessel on schedule. Invoicing and specialised service arrangements were handled by Estimating and Invoicing Engineer Athapattu. The owners were happy with the excellent facilities at their disposal coupled with the quality workmanship and a professional approach to meet the owner’s requirements, which were highly appreciated. The high net worth luxury yacht repair sector prospects look promising, with many yacht operators terminating their cruises close to Maldives in the Indian Ocean and reverting to repair-maintenance soon after a charter. McLarens Shipping Ltd. handled the local husbanding work smoothly. Colombo has already emerged as a marine hub for commercial container traffic. The successful completion of this luxury yacht project and marketing of services to this untapped sector looks promising for the future. The maritime industry in Sri Lanka has seen rejuvenated activity with the Government of Sri Lanka implementing infrastructure development projects to cater to the leisure industry, specifically in Galle and in the longer term the Colombo Port city with a yacht marina on the cards should attract the big players.