I consider my appointment as the Acting Chairman of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation Limited, in addition to the Office of Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, a milestone event in our national pursuant to become the ‘Wonder of Asia’ through becoming a Maritime Hub in the region. HE the President, with great trust has entrusted the drive in revitalizing our shipping affinity on me and I feel very privileged and honoured to commit and to be a part in our quest to become a Maritime Hub.
Ceylon Shipping Corporation was our cradle in becoming modern day seafarers. The Navy had a long association with Ceylon Shipping Corporation from its inception as naval personnel were manning the Merchant Vessels for the Ceylon Shipping Corporation bringing win-win situations for both States’ agencies. Navy trained deck hands and technical hands for merchant shipping at a dedicated training facility at prestigious Naval & Maritime Academy in Trincomalee in 80’s and with this long association, the Corporation and the Navy both had flourished.
It is my intent to see that the Shipping Corporation regain its prestigious position and own and operate ships. Beyond commercial operations, I envisage an opportunities for our future seafarers. Therefore, this would become an integral part of HE the President’s vision to achieve the Hub status. Many initiatives are already on successful drive whether from ports to naval and addressing where our strengths are low. In fast–tracking merchant shipping capacities & capabilities, this synergetic measure, I believe is the most logical endeavor under the present context. Our maritime potentials are enormous, and it is our responsibility to exploit them, as in a competitive world we cannot depend on others to boost our maritime affairs, where they also are competing for.
The vision and mission of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation still valid today, beyond these vision and mission lies our future and our very existence as an Island Nation.
Admiral (Retd.)Jayanath Colombage