Japanese Coast Guard delegation visits Colombo Dockyard

Monday, 9 June 2014 00:00 -     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}

Cdr. Ryoji Hayashi, accompanied by Lcdr Hitoshi Wako of the Counter Piracy Measures Office of International Criminal Investigation Division, Guard and Rescue Department of the Japan Coast Guard paid a courtesy call on Colombo Dockyard PLC on 6 June 2014. This visit was a precursor to the arrival of Japanese Coast Guard Ship YASHIMA to Sri Lanka. The visit approved by the Ministry of Defence and Urban Development was facilitated by Sri Lanka Coast Guard and Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka. Mototsugu Shigekawa Defence/Security Attache of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and Ltcdr PT Koswattage of Sri Lanka Coast Guard also participated in the visit. The delegation was met by Akihiko Nakauchi (Chairman), Ranil Wijegunawardena (MD/CEO), Y. Kijima (Director) and Prince Lye (Head of Marketing, NB) and a high level discussion ensued giving details of ‘state of the art’ Shipbuilding, Ship repair and maintenance facilities available at Colombo Dockyard, which can be utilised in case of any emergency situations onboard vessels when plying in the Indian ocean. After a detailed tour of the Shipyard, the Japanese Coast Guard delegation expressed their fullest satisfaction of the dry dock and workshop facilities available in Colombo, which can cater to any type of repair need. Availability of world class repair facilities at Colombo Dockyard has fortified Colombo’s position as a regional hub port. Colombo Dockyard is one of the success stories of Japanese collaboration in Sri Lanka where we have been able to blend Japanese technological know how with the skill and competence of a fully Sri Lankan workforce.