Sri Lanka’s Colombo Dockyard to build cable ship

ECONOMYNEXT – Colombo Dockyard has begun building a cable-laying vessel for Kokusai Cable Ship Co. Ltd., the Sri Lankan yard’s first ship for a Japanese customer.

The keel laying ceremony for the ship with a diesel electric propulsion system took place at Colombo port Thursday.

It is Colombo Dockyard’s first cable-laying ship and biggest contract so far.

Designed by Norway’s Vard Designs, the vessel is intended for sub-sea operations and cable laying and repair work and shall be built to Class NK and also meet Japanese government regulatory requirements.

The vessel, which measures 111.3m-long and 21.5m-wide, is also the biggest vessel to be built by Colombo Dockyard, which is majority-owned by Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd of Japan.

The cable ship will be outfitted with a 2,000 tonne carousel system with a spooling arm by MAATS of the UK and can carry a crew of 80 people.
(COLOMBO, Sept 8, 2017)

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