Master Divers aims to be top regional service provider | Sunday Observer

Master Divers aims to be top regional service provider

(From left:) Chairman, Master Divers and W. A. Tucker, Ariyaseela Wickramanayake,  his wife, Director Operations Akmal Wickramanayake, Executive Director Toshan Wickramanayake at the  ceremony to celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary.
(From left:) Chairman, Master Divers and W. A. Tucker, Ariyaseela Wickramanayake, his wife, Director Operations Akmal Wickramanayake, Executive Director Toshan Wickramanayake at the ceremony to celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary.

Sri Lanka’s oldest and leading underwater services and salvage company, Master Divers (Pvt.) Ltd, plans to venture into bonded warehousing and other logistics services during the next five years, thereby aiming to offer more turnkey and value-added services to Sri Lanka’s growing maritime and logistics industry.

“We are planning warehousing and bonded warehousing in three locations - the Hambantota Free Trade Zone, Colombo and Trincomalee. We are also planning to invest in logistics and transportation,” Master Divers Director Operations Akmal Wickramanayake said.

He expressed these views at a ceremony to celebrate the firm’s 40th anniversary, in Colombo recently.

Encouraged by the growing demand for services at the Trincomalee port over the past few years, Wickramanayake said that Master Divers plans to commence operations at the Trincomalee port by the first quarter of 2020, with the launch of its office branch. Master Divers is also engaged in offshore and harbour-based marine activities and maritime construction activities in Thailand, the Maldives, India, Singapore and Saudi Arabia. Master Divers and W.A. Tucker founder Chairman Ariyaseela Wickramanayake emphasised that the firm would increase its focus on South Asian ports and beyond in coming years, to become the key marine service provider in the region.

“We have been focusing on serving the Sri Lankan shipping industry and our next step is to service the demands of the remaining ports in the South Asian region, some of which we have been servicing since 1978,” he said.

“I hope we would achieve our vision of becoming South Asia’s foremost diving and marine service provider. Hence, each year we keep on raising the bar higher for optimal work efficiency. This has been the key ingredient in our results. Hopefully, with that we may be able to extend our horizons and reach beyond the shores of South Asia with innovative technology and enhanced services in the coming years,” he said.

“As the oldest and most prestigious underwater services and Salvage company, our mission is to deliver a full range of industry standards compliant nautical maintenance and value added services to Sri Lanka.

“We have been focusing on saving the Sri Lankan shipping industry and our next step is to service the demand in the remaining parts of the South Asian region, which we have been serving since 1978.

“Our success story is the high standard of service that we offer our clients, our wealth is our staff who are talented, well trained and dedicated to the common goal, which evidently is translated in our delivery. While celebrating 40 years in the industry, we promise to keep on extending the benchmark we set in the shipping industry. Mater Divers (Pvt)Ltd. takes this opportunity to extend our heartfelt gratitude towards all business partners, maritime stakeholders, financial institutions and staff who have been invaluable contributors in our four decade journey,” he said.

Master Divers Director Toshan Wickramanayake said that the firm has evolved from a local marine service contractor for foreign firms, to a fully-fledged marine service provider over the years, acquiring its own fleet of vessels and equipment.

“The company started operations in September 1979 as a local contractor to foreign salvage firms based in Sri Lanka. Over time, we grew and in the 1980s, we became the first private company in Sri Lanka to own and operate service boats. With those developments, we were able to offer shore services to local and foreign clients,” he said.

In Sri Lanka, Master Divers is involved in towage, salvage, marine engineering, civil engineering, shipwright and other connected services. Master Divers also owns its own fleet of vessels and equipment and is the only marine firm in the Asian region with such capabilities.

It also owns the largest salvage tug in the region and the largest hull cleaning machine in the world. Master Divers’ shipyard located in the Colombo Port has also developed major capabilities in dry-docking and ship repair. The firm also has 11 seagoing supply and services vessels, two large deck barges, anchor handling barges and water barges. 

Comments