D.V. Abeysinghe assumes duties as MD/CEO of Colombo Dockyard

Wednesday, 9 November 2016 01:09 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

The Board of Directors of Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) announced yesterday that Ranil Wijegunawardane, the incumbent Managing Director/CEO of the company, retired from his services with effect from 8 November.

D.V. Abeysinghe, the Senior General Manager/Chief Operating Officer with an outstanding career of nearly 31 years at CDPLC, will 03-3assume duties as the new Managing Director/CEO with immediate effect. 

Abeysinghe graduated from the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka in the field of Mechanical Engineering in 1985 holding a BSc Engineering (Hons) degree and initially joined Colombo Dockyard Ltd. (CDL) in 1985 as a Trainee Engineer to the Marine Division. 

During his tenure as a Ship Repair Engineer, he got qualified with Nondestructive Testing Examination on Ultrasonic level III from Indonesia in 1990. In 1991, he successfully completed an 11-month JICA training on shipbuilding, repairing and maintenance including naval architecture at the Overseas Shipbuilding Cooperation Centre, Japan and joined the Shipbuilding Division in CDL as the Designs Engineer (Hull) on return. 

Abeysinghe, a Charted Mechanical Engineer of the Institution of Engineers, Sri Lanka since 2002 and a Fellow of Royal Institution of Naval Architectures, UK since 2015, is also a member of the Institute of Certified Professional Manager, Sri Lanka since 2008.  

Ranil Wijegunawardane will take over the responsibility as the new Managing Director/CEO of Dockyard General Engineering Services Ltd., to give leadership to this heavy engineering subsidiary of Colombo Dockyard, with focus on expanding operations locally and in to regional markets. The transition comes at a crucial point in the company’s journey, where the maritime markets are facing one of the toughest recessions globally.