DNV GL, leading classification society with a 150-year-long tradition in the maritime industry and presence in over 100 countries, has added to its registry as of March, a new vessel built for Ceylon Shipping Corporation, a fully Government-owned commercial enterprise and company with a 45-year-long tradition in shipping.
Bulk carrier ‘Ceylon Breeze’, built at AVIC Weihai Shipyard Co. Ltd. China will be flying the Sri Lanka Flag, with home port Colombo, and is the first of two sister vessels having a registered length of 199 metres and displacement of 63,323 DWT
The vessel was built to DNV GL Class Rules under close supervision of CSC’s own supervisors and the DNV GL consultants with the highest shipbuilding standard class notation as follows: ‘+1A1 Bulk carrier BC(A) BIS COAT-PSPC(B) CSR E0 ESP Grab(20 t)’.
Being a great supporter of the national maritime agenda and well aware of difficulties young Sri Lankan seafarers are facing in gaining first seaman’s experience ‘Ceylon Shipping Corporation Ltd.’ created an additional 26 berths for cadets, a unique provision for this type of vessel. This will provide a stable stream of seafarers to the benefit of Sri Lanka maritime community and the national economy at large.
Recently the full-term certificates of ‘MV. Ceylon Breeze’ were handed over to Ceylon Shipping Corporation Chairman Shashi Dhanatunge by DNV GL Country Manager – Maritime Lal de Silva.
Dhanatunge confirmed that the Board of Directors of CSC instructed its Technical Manager and onsite supervisors to focus on the quality and finish in addition to the guaranteed performance and class agreed by the shipyard. “They all together with our management staff did their best under a lot of concerns and constraints in order to own an important national asset and an item which has not been on the CSC’s inventory for a long time,” the Chairman stated.
It is important to know that De Silva started his career in 1984 on board of ‘Lanka Mahapola’ of Ceylon Shipping Corporation, linking in a way these two companies with rich maritime traditions.
Relationship between Ceylon Shipping Corporation and DNV GL goes a long way back to the early seventies, to the time of inception of Ceylon Shipping Corporation. The latest project is well in line with the national carrier’s corporate policy; to secure state-of-the-art classification services for their new fleet, to be a logistics partner in the country’s energy sector and produce Sri Lankan seafarers conforming to international standards.
(DFT - 24052016)