The Technical Review Committee of LRQA has approved the issue of OHSAS 18001: 2007 & ISO 14001: 2015 certificates to COLOMBO DOCKYARD PLC, making it the very first organization in Sri Lanka to receive, from LRQA, a certification to ISO 14001: 2015.

As a major ship repair, shipbuilding and Heavy Engineering service provider in a highly strategic location, Colombo Dockyard is now certified to Occupational Health & Safety as well as Environmental Management System in accordance with the requirements of OHSAS 18001: 2007 & ISO 14001: 2015 standards. CDPLC has had its Quality Management System (QMS) certified, since 1999, to the ISO 9001 standard (currently for ISO 9001:2008).

Colombo credit visionary guidance and unqualified commitment from their top management team of Dr. Toru Takehara, Chairman, Mr. Ranil Wijegunawardana, Managing Director and Mr. D V Abeysinghe, Chief Operating Officer in attaining these important certification upgrades.

Colombo said in a statement: “The project leadership was taken by Mr. Manjula Hettiarachchie, Manager (Compliance)/Management Representative and his dedicated team, supported by sectional compliance representatives who were instrumental in guiding all the divisions, production and nonproduction, effectively to meet with the targeted system requirements. This was a challenging task to all across the system, as the shipyard was fully occupied and busy during the period these system requirements were implemented and audited by LRQA auditors prior to issuing the certification. The excellent guidance capabilities and the patience of the operational leadership need to be mentioned at the point of time of celebration.

“The official certificate was handed over at a ceremony on the 11th of August 2016 by Mr. G.Venkatakuppuswamy, General Manager – Key Accounts (South West Asia), LRQA. The certificate was received by Dr. T. Takehara, Chairman, Mr. R. Wijegunawardana, MD, Mr. D V. Abeysinghe, COO and Mr. Manjula Hettiarachchie, Manager (Compliance)/ MR. These international certifications provides Colombo Dockyard a competitive edge and the necessary recognition as being amongst the best the regional and international shipyards. Colombo Dockyard has been operating in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd., Japan since 1993, as a shipyard capable of providing premium quality shipbuilding, repairs and Heavy and offshore engineering. This international certification marks a significant milestone in the corporate calendar of Colombo Dockyard’s odyssey of excellence.”