Ship Repairs In H’tota Soon-Kiran
Thursday, 26 January 2012 | 11:00
Colombo Engineering is marketing the new Hambantota port for ship repairs, flamboyant businessman Kiran Atapattu told this newspaper.
“Very soon we shall be handling ship repairs at Hambantota as well,” he said.
“Won’t that affect your Colombo business?” this reporter asked him. Not by any long chalk, said Atapattu, “as this would be new business that I would be bringing into the country,” he added.
Adverse publicity given by people of vested interest with regard to Hambantota port in the past will be wiped out very soon when business starts booming there, he said.
But the distance, from Colombo to Hambantota? That’s not a problem, said Atapattu, “it is only a question of loading my equipment to a truck and having them driven to Hambantota using the new highway which is a great asset and which cuts commuting time considerably,” he said.
“I have done ship repairs outside Colombo before,” said Atapattu. In places such as Galle and Trincomalee, “whereas in the latter case, I have even effected repairs when the war was on,” he said.
Of competition, with reports that a blue chip company also plans to put up a ship repair office in Hambantota? “They might end up diving for corals if they start competing with me for ship repairs,” a confident and self assured Atapattu who is also gifted with an impish sense of humour in reply said.
But striking a serious note, he further said that for ship repairs one needs all the international certifications from reputed institutions such as Lloyds Register of Shipping UK, the American Bureau of Shipping USA, Germanischer Lloyds Germany, Det Norske Veritas Norway, Bureau Veritas France, Nippon Kaiji Kyokai Japan and Indian Register of Shipping India, “I have all those certifications,” he added, “passing out with flying colours after going through a rigorous testing process which gives me ample dominance in the worldwide ship repairing trade in this region and by the time the blue chip company chips into this new business of their’s, it will be like a monkey riding an elephant or a deer chasing a leopard,” Atapattu ending the interview in a hilarious note said.
Source: The Sunday Leader