Colombo Dockyard PLC (CDP) on Tuesday began construction of a 100 seater Passenger Launch for the Road Development Authority to be used as a ferry service from Kurikadduvan jetty off Pungudutivu to Delft Island in the Jaffna peninsula, officials said.
“This is the first project to kick off the ground at CDP’s newly acquired ‘Kelani River Yard’,” an official said. He said that CDP’s expansion facilities to the Kelani River Yard to construct small ships and to pre-process steel plates and pipes intended for large ship construction will ease the congestion within its main shipyard premises (in the Colombo port) and will increase the overall efficiency and productivity in their operations.
He said this launch (boat) is designed to be built complying with modern Passenger Launch building practices, which will provide a safe and comfortable platform to the users.
“The Passenger Launch will be suitable for operation in the roughest weather conditions that may be encountered on the way in the Indian Ocean and will be a boost to the small fleet of launches that are presently in operation,” he said, adding that it will bring great relief to thousands of northern commuters during this post war era.