"Sirisena Dahanayaka Playground" at Kadawatha Road, Dehiwela on Saturday 8th April, 2017


ie: Colombo, Galle, Hambantota, Trincomalee, Kankesanthurai and Point Pedro.

1. Capt.Athula Hewavitharana shifted berth to Harbour Master's wharf

2. Capt. Nirmal Silva berthed at the Deputy Harbour Master's wharf

3. Capt. Ravi Jayawickrame sailed off from Harbour Master's wharf

The CMM Membership congratulates Capt. Athula & Capt. Nirmal and wish Capt. Ravi a Happy Retirement with family.


CMMSL, OPA-SL hosts seminar on ‘IMO Conventions and Maritime Regulations in SL’

Ruchira Gunasekera, Chairperson OPA Seminars, Capt. Upul Peiris, Govt Ship Surveyor, Chandaka Jayasundere, Attorney at Law, Ruwan Gallage, President OPA, Capt. Nirmal Silva, President CMM at the head table. Pictures by Saman Sri Wedage.

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka (CMMSL) together with The Organization of Professional Associations of Sri Lanka (OPA-SL) organised a seminar on ‘IMO Conventions and Maritime Regulations in Sri Lanka’ at the OPA auditorium, Colombo 7 on February 9, 2017.

The seminar commenced with an open address by the President of the OPA, Ruwan Gallage. CMM Secretary Capt. Rohith Fernando introduced each speaker and the CMM President Capt. Nirmal Silva chaired the Question and Answer session. The vote of thanks was delivered by Capt. Ranjith Weerasinghe.

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28 January 2017

The Mercmarine Six-a-side Softball Cricket Tournament was held on Saturday 28th January 2017 at the Malay Grounds, Colombo 2.

The Company of Master Mariners Cricket Team captained by Capt. Nandika Peiris also took part in this tournament.

CMM Team

CMM Cheer Squad

A total of 24 teams comprising of the following participated in this event.

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CMM Bi-Monthly Seminar - Thursday 9th February, 2017

A Bi-Monthly Seminar will be held at the OPA Auditorium on Thursday 9th February, 2017 at 6.00pm. The event will be followed with fellowship at the OPA Restaurant. Members are cordially invited. Please confirm your attendance to

01 Capt. Upul Peiris - Government Ships Surveyor (Navigation)
                                      "Acceding to IMO Conventions by Sri Lanka"
02 Mr Chandaka Jayasundara - Attorney at Law
                                      "Proposal for a New Maritime Regulatory Regime in Sri Lanka"

Match Pics

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11th Cricket Encounter Between
Master Mariners & Engineers – 2016

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka (CMM) together with the Society of Chief Engineers Marine (SOCEM) and the Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology (IMarEST) held their 11th Annual Softball Cricket Festival on Saturday 12thNovember 2016 at the Bloomfield Cricket Grounds. This was an annual family event which brought in a number of member’s wives and children. DJ Music and unlimited beer kept all visitors swinging up to the grand finale.

The main event was the 20 over cricket match between the Engineers and CMM Members. This match was followed by a Senior’s Match, Children’s Match and the wives of the association playing a Ladies Match. The event culminated with the usual prize giving. The event was Sponsored by DNVGL, Reederei Nord Group, CMA CGM, Lloyd’s Registry, Bureau Veritas, Tantri Marine, Laughs, Colombo Dockyard PLC and other institutions of the Marine Industry of Sri Lanka.


Dr Capt. Marcandan making his presentation at the NHRC 2016 held at the BMICH 21 – 22 June, 2016

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka will be holding their 25th Annual General Meeting on Saturday 25th June, 2016 at 1800hrs at the Victorian Ballroom, 10th floor of the Hotel Kingsbury in Colombo

INVITATION :Members of CMM are kindly requested to participate with your spouse.

PROGRAMME :a) AGM in ballroom and simultaneously a presentation for spouses at the Dorchester Room on same floor
b) On completion of main AGM, spouses will join for closing ceremony at the Victorian Ballroom
c) Fellowship
d) Gala Buffet Dinner followed by dancing

CHIEF GUEST :Mr.Lionel Fernando, Former Chairman CSC & Rupavahini Corporation, former Civil Servant, Governor of the NE Province and Diplomat

EVENT FOR SPOUSES :Presentation by Dr. S. Wijemanne, Consultant, Plastic and Cosmetic Surgeon, Karapitiya Teaching Hospital covering Face & Body surgery including anti-ageing treatment, body contouring and minimum access cosmetic procedures

BAND :“Summer Breeze”

COST OF DINNER :Member & Spouse - Rs. 7000
Member only - Rs. 4000

DRESS :Smart with CMM Tie

CMM PARAPHERNALIA :Will be available for sale at entrance to ballroom

(with or without spouse)

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka held their 23rd Annual General Meeting

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka held their 23rd Annual General Meeting on Saturday 14th June, 2014 at the Hotel Galadari, Colombo.01. The AGM was well attended by Members and their spouses. Vice Admiral Jayanath Colombage, Chairman of the Ceylon Shipping Corporation and Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy made a presentation on the two ongoing new buildings for CSC in China. CSC’s first Sri Lankan Master, Capt. P.A. Virasinghe made a presentation recalling the good old days with CSC and the method of navigation across the globe prior to GPS and automation. The meeting was followed with fellowship, a sumptuous dinner and concluded with a baila session with CMM’s former President Capt. Ajith Peiris doing the honours on stage.

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Ships Captain’s, or Master Mariners as they are called, celebrated their 40th Anniversary of joining the Ceylon Shipping Corporation as Deck Officer Cadets at the Club Palm Bay in Marawila and concluding with lunch at the “Ruwala Resort” in Kalpitiya. A number of batch mates from overseas also joined in this memorable celebration.

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The establishment of an Association of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka has been a long felt need. However as the majority of Master Mariners were engaged in seafaring, it had been difficult to devote time and attention to the organization of such a body.

The Merchant Shipping Act forms a part of the Legislative Enactments of Sri Lanka. In 1971, the Merchant Shipping Act No.52 was enacted to amend and consolidate the law relating to Merchant Shipping. This resulted in the establishment of a Merchant Shipping Division under the Ministry of Shipping. Previously this function was under the purview of the Department of Customs. In retrospect, however, it can be seen that the first appointment of a Sri Lankan Master Mariner to the Pilot Service in the Port of Colombo had been in 1948, and the first local appointment to the prestigious post of Master Attendant had been in 1954.

Sri Lanka has had no known schemes for apprentices/deck cadets until 1936, when, with agreement of the Government of India, one cadet was admitted to the Training Ship “Dufferin” every alternate year subsequently two cadets every year. This number was increased to three in the 1960s, culminating in 1974 when four cadets received Training on the T.S. Rajendra which replaced the T.S.Dufferin. In the early 1970’s with the inception of Ceylon Shipping Corporation (CSC), a training scheme was organized where batches of twelve cadets a year were initially trained aboard MV Lanka Kalyani”, a CSC vessel dedicated for this purpose whilst engaged in foreign going trade and thereafter senior cadet berths were offered on all CSC vessels. Additionally, Sri Lankan youth were also able to obtain cadetships with foreign shipping companies. All these cadets in later years proceeded to UK, India, Australia or other commonwealth countries for their Certificate of Competency examinations. In the mid 80’s, shore based deck cadet training schemes were initiated by the Government as an NDT course, and Private sector Nautical Colleges followed suit. In the early 90s, for the first time, Certificates of Competency Examinations for junior officers were held in the country. The first ever Master Mariners Examination in the country was held in year 2002.

By the early 1990’s there were at least one hundred overseas qualified Sri Lankan Master Mariners. As much as around 40% of them had taken up shore based positions in the shipping industry by then. It was mainly on the initiative of these Master Mariners, that the formation of the “Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka”(CMM) became a reality. The initial idea had been mooted by a handful of Master Mariners gathered in November 1990 and is considered to have properly been established at a general meeting on 12th Dec 1990. The CMM was established on similar lines as the Honorable Company of Master Mariners of the United Kingdom and that of our neighbors, “The Company of Master Mariners of India”. The collective valuable knowledge base and experience it could harness was expected to be made available to the betterment of Merchant Shipping in Sri Lanka.

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka encourages all qualified Master Mariners to be members. As a professional body of experienced nautical personnel, it seeks, amongst its objectives, to maintain its status as a recognized professional consultative organization independent of political or industrial bias.

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