Colombo Dockyard has begun building a cable-laying vessel for Kokusai Cable Ship Co., the Sri Lankan yard’s first ship for a Japanese customer.
The keel laying ceremony for the ship with a diesel electric propulsion system took place at Colombo port Thursday.
It is Colombo Dockyard’s first cable-laying ship and biggest contract so far.
Designed by Norway’s Vard Designs, the vessel is intended for sub-sea operations and cable laying and repair work and shall be built to Class NK and also meet Japanese government regulatory requirements.
The vessel, which measures 111.3m-long and 21.5m-wide, is also the biggest vessel to be built by Colombo Dockyard, which is majority-owned by Onomichi Dockyard Co. of Japan.
The cable ship will be outfitted with a 2,000 tonne carousel system with a spooling arm by MAATS of the UK and can carry a crew of 80 people.