The Sunday Leader

Colombo Engineering, From Good To Great

  •  Hambantota Port, Visionary Development

Kiran Atapattu and Ship repair work in progress

Colombo Engineering is the most dominant ship repair company in the island, earning valuable foreign exchange to this country.
Operated by Kiran Atapattu, the company in the first two months of the current financial year (fy) ending this month, made a US$ ($) 200,000 turnover.
In the fy ended March 31, 2012, Colombo Engineering made a $ one million turnover, a 432% YoY growth.
Atapattu, speaking to this newspaper attributed his company’s success to it being well managed.
“Because of Colombo Engineering’s dynamic management, ship owners who want to do their ship repairs here choose our company,” he said.
Colombo Engineering, equipped with superior technology and delivering quality service, also tends to get repeat orders with monotonous regularity. For example, the Maersk Denpasar, operated by the global container carrier company Maersk and due next month in June, will once again use the services of Colombo Engineering for the fourth time in succession.
“Courier,” a German container carrier which had 300 metres of its cell guides replaced by Colombo Engineering a year ago in May 2011, made a repeat order in December for the replacement of 500 metres of steel,  it has now come along with another order, this time for the replacement of 1,000 metres of cell guides.
“We have already imported the required steel for this job,” said Atapattu. This order will be executed immediately. “We have the capacity to handle 3-4 ships at a time,” he said.
Monsoons are not a problem for Atapattu. During monsoons, ship repairs may be conducted under the shelter of the Colombo Port. “Having said that, we have also effected ship repairs during the monsoons, out at sea,” he said. “In the worse case scenario, with the South West monsoons due, we may even divert such repairs to Hambantota or Trincomalee,” he said.
The company which is in possession of the latest ship repairing equipment from the USA, complemented by international quality certifications from well known standards institutions especially covering the ship repair business, coupled with the certified assurance of worker safety, has the capacity to effect repairs on any type of a vessel, be it commercial or otherwise, which also includes underwater repairs and underwater polishing and embraces conventional cargo vessels and barges as well.
He also welcomed the massive development of the Hambantota Port and the new Colombo South Port, which meant that more vessels will now call over in Sri Lanka, giving his company greater ship repairing opportunities.

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