On June 10, 2005, for the first time in the maritime history of Sri Lanka, Colombo Dockyard Limited (CDL) delivered two Crew Boats (Lamnalco Oryx and MV Lamnalco Oribi)) built for the Middle Eastern Market.
The Client (LAMNALCO LTD) an international company based in the United Arab Emirates, intends to use these Boats in the Offshore Oil Fields of West Africa, to transport Crew and Goods from Shore to Offshore Installations.
The Crew Boat 30 metre in length is of all aluminium construction and is fitted out with two CUMMINS Main Engines driving two Conventional Fixed Pitch Propellers, achieving speeds in excess of 20 knots.
Thirty-two 'Airline style' seating arrangements for the comfort of the travelling Crew and ergonomically designed living quarters for 7 Boat Crew with Mess, Galley and Toilets have been provided.
With a fuel capacity of 20 Tonnes and a fresh water capacity of 10 Tonnes, the Crew Boat has an endurance of in excess of 700 nm and her crew is capable of operating at sea for extended periods.
The Boat is highly manoeuvrable while working close to offshore installations and within harbour premises.
In order to provide for Owners operating practices and requirements, the wheelhouse is installed with an additional Aft Control Station to ease manoeuvring operations.
The Crew Boat including all its material, machinery, equipment, piping, workmanship etc. are built in accordance with the requirements of the Classification Society (American Bureau of Shipping) and also meeting Cypriot flag state requirements.
Colombo Dockyard Limited operating in collaboration with Onomichi Dockyard Co. Ltd. Japan, Celebrated the 30th anniversary in operations in August 2004, has strengthened its position as a versatile specialized work boat builder in the international market.
The crew boat project generated approx. US $ 3 million, boosting the local ship building industry.