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Colombo Dockyard dispatches two vessels to Iraq

24 October, 2021

The  Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDPLC) technically completed and dispatched two vessels to Iraq. Buoy Tender Vessel ‘Al-Faw’ and Pilot Station Vessel ‘Shatt Al-Arab’, for General Company for Port of Iraq (GCPI).

Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan signed the main contract with GCPI and subcontracted the shipbuilding works to CDPLC. The project was funded under Japanese ODA Loans by Japan International Cooperation Agency.

The two vessels are being transported to Iraq onboard ‘Development Way’, a semi-submersible vessel. This was a novel experience to CDPLC as well as to the Port of Colombo.  The semi-submersible vessel ‘Development Way’ entered the Port of Colombo on October 11. Firstly it took water ballast to submerge itself and then the two vessels were loaded on board and then the semi-submersible vessel de-ballasted. Subsequently, the two vessels were well secured and fastened and the ‘Development way’ embarked on its voyage from Colombo to Iraq. The vessel shifting operation was carried out in collaboration with GAC Shipping Ltd.