Sri Lanka Navy Commander Appointed Chair of Ceylon Shipping

Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, has been appointed as the Chairman of Ceylon Shipping Corporation with effect from 29th October 2013.

Vice Admiral Colombage is an expert in maritime security with a distinguished naval career spanning 34 years. As a renowned scholar of international repute, he has published papers and conducted national-level seminars on maritime security. He has been certified by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) as a lecturer in International Conventions on Port and Ship Security (ICPS). He is also a Fellow of the Nautical Institute of the United Kingdom and currently the Chairman of the Sri Lanka Branch. With his vast knowledge and professional expertise, his contribution to the new portfolio will be of immense importance at a time when the island-nation is poised to be a key maritime hub in the region in her quest to be the “Wonder of Asia”.

After assuming duties as the CSC’s 20th Chairman, Vice Admiral Colombage stated that he will do his utmost to develop the company’s stature to new heights emulating the laudable efforts made by the late Ministers Hon. P.B.G. Kalugalle and Hon. Lalith Athulathmudali. He also expressed his sincere gratitude to His Excellency the President and the Secretary of Defence for their confidence in entrusting him with a strategically important state entity. He further stated that he would not receive any perks and privileges for his new appointment and it will be his greatest pleasure to render his services for the uplift of the shipping industry in Sri Lanka in keeping with the Mahinda Chinthanaya, the Vision for the Future.

Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways, Hon. Rohitha Abeygunwardana and Chairman of Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Dr. Priyath B. Wickrama were also present on the occasion to extend their best wishes to Vice Admiral Colombage on his new appointment.

Sri Lanka Navy, October 29, 2013

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