ECONOMYNEXT – Sri Lanka’s Walkers Colombo Shipyard (Private) Limited has completed the construction of its fourth vessel, a tug named ‘Seagulf 3’, which was launched at its shipyard in Mutwal Harbour recently.
“We hope to build more vessels, including to clients in the Maldives and at close proximity to Sri Lankan waters,” said Sarath Obeysekera, Managing Director of Walkers Colombo Shipyard, a subsidiary of MTD Walkers PLC.
Seagulf 3 is the second tug built by the yard and was designed and constructed entirely by in-house team of naval architects and engineers under the guidance of Obeysekera, a statement said.
Built under the supervision of the Indian Register of Shipping, the certifying authority for vessels, the tug is of 16 m length, 5 m width and 1.65 m of draft.
It is capable of handling of 10 tons Bollard pull and equipped with two 400 horse power Cummins engines and a Cummins Generator.
Walkers Colombo Shipyard designed and built a 1,000 ton barge “Sea Gulf 1” which was used by Walkers Piling (Pvt) Limited to carry out Sri Lanka’s first sea piling project in the harbour basin to install a 1,250 ton capacity ship lift.
A similar capacity harbour tug “Sea Gulf 2” and a landing craft “Fat Lady” were also designed and built recently by Walkers Colombo Shipyard.
Sea Gulf 2 and 3 will be used by Walkers Colombo Shipyard to maneuver the ships coming into the harbour, a company spokesperson said.
"They will be also leased out for other work in anchorage."
Fat Lady was built for Sanken Overseas Maldives.
The shipyard also undertakes repair work of vessels up to 65 meters long and maximum weight of 1200 tons.
MTD Walkers plans to open a ship repair facility in Mutwal Harbour. The 3.5 acre facility upon completion will be equipped with a ship lift and transfer system, which will be commissioned by mid February 2018.
Walkers Colombo Shipyard operates two docking and repair facilities, in Mutwal adjacent to Port of Colombo and in Cod Bay in Port of Trincomalee.
(COLOMBO, February 01, 2018)