Global Advances in the Development of Critical Port

Infrastructure & their Ramifications to Sri Lanka

On the invitation of the CMMSL A technical presentation under the above topic was made by Chartered Civil Engineer specialized in Coastal Engineering and Disaster Management, Dr. Sanjeewa Wickramaratne, Snr Engineering Manager (R & D) of the Lanka Hydraulic Institute at the OPA auditorium on the evening of Friday the 8th September, 2017. The presentation was delivered to a large gathering of members from CMM, SOCEM & IMAREST with the President of the OPA, Mr. Ruwan Gallage in attendance.

This enlightening presentation on development drives that have been undertaken by governments and port operators using traditional designs involving novel advancements in designing and building efficient breakwaters using various designs of concrete armour material was discussed with much reference to the breakwaters of Hambantota Port and the Colombo South Port breakwaters. The presentation came to an end with CMM President Capt. Palitha de Lanerolle presenting a token of appreciation to Dr. Wickramaratne. Council Member Capt. Upul Peiris concluded the evenings program with a very appropriate Vote of Thanks. The evening concluded with fellowship and snacks.


@ Thurstan College Cricket Grounds held on Sunday August 20th, 2017

(L to R) Capt. Prasad Alwis, Capt. Samantha Bandara, Capt. Senaka Hemamal, Capt. Upul Peiris (Capt). Capt. Nandika Peiris and Capt. Viraj Rajapaksa.

The OPA Six A Side Soft Ball Cricket Tournament 2017 was held at the Thurstan College Cricket Grounds on Sunday, 20th August, 2017. Twenty OPA Member Associations took part in the tournament where CMM was represented with a team led by our Capt. Upul Peiris.

The tournament was scheduled to start at 8am but due to hampering weather the toss for the match draw took place at 10am. CMM was the 6th Match in the tournament playing against The Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka.

The CMM team was led by Capt. Upul Peiris and was supported by Capt. Nandika Peiris, Capt. Samantha Bandara, Capt. Viraj Rajapaksa, Capt. Prasad Alwis and Capt. Senaka Hemamal.

The toss was won by the Pharmaceutical Society and they decided to bat first. With plan “A” now kept aside due to losing the toss, Plan “B” was immediately implemented by Capt. Upul who was seen holding a pre-match team talk at the side of the CMM tent with players having their arms around shoulders and huddled in a circle.

CMM member attendance was rather disappointing. The President, Capt. Palitha de Lanerolle and former treasurer Capt. Tilak Wickramasinghe graced the event. The cheering squad led by Mrs. Viraj Rajapaksa and assisted by Capt. Hemamal’s son Sashin, gave maximum support to the CMM team. Heavy and light beverages with finger food and short eats followed by lunch helped to overcome the match defeat.

The event came to a close with President Capt. de Lanerolle thanking the team for their participation. and the Secretary for the refreshments and energy drinks made available.


The Company of Master Mariners vs The Pharmaceutical Society of Sri Lanka.

1. Chanaka b Bandara 32 1. Nandika Peiris ct Fernando b chanaka 00
2. Ruwan Not Out 24 2. Samantha Bandara ct Chanaka b Ruwan 12
3. M.R. Fernando ct Upul b Viraj 19 3. Senaka Hemamal Not Out 33
4. Priyantha Not Out 01 4. Upul Peiris (Capt) b Gayan 05
5. Viraj Rajapaksa Not Out 14
Extras 22 Extra 10
TOTAL for 02 wickets 98 TOTAL for 03 wicket 74



By Capt.Buddhika Sapukotana.

Three members of CMM Capt. Prasanna Sedrick, Capt. Rohith Fernando, and myself participated in a four day workshop beginning 8th August, 2017 at the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University in Ratmalana. The hot topic of the workshop was "The Law of the Sea" which was conducted by a world renowned expert and judge of the International Tribunal for "the Law of the Sea" Emeritus Professor Alfred H.A. Soons, of the International Law, University of Utrecht, Netherlands.

I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to the Sir John Kotelawala Defence University, The Moragoda International Law Trust and especially to our secretary Capt. Rohith Fernando who got us specially invited to this event where all other invitees were from either the Sri Lankan armed forces or from subject related Government Departments. With our presence the identity of CMM was well registered with all participants and with the Heads of Departments of the KDU. CMM has now been placed in the KDU contact list for future invites to Marine related forums.

At the outset Prof Soons spoke of Sri Lanka’s ambassador to the UN, the Late Dr. Shirley Amarasinghe who was the first President of the Third United Nations Conference on the Law of the Sea (1973-1980).

An introduction of the historical development of the International Law of the Sea followed by an in-depth understanding of UNCLOS and the Sri Lankan perspective and application was very well explained. The overview of deriving Baselines and the importance of knowing its exact location, areas under Coastal State Sovereignty including Historic Water (Northern waters between Sri Lanka and India), Archipelagic Waters and Territorial Seas was extensively explained using various slides showing examples of such locations worldwide. Unique historical waters between Indo-Sri Lanka Maritime boundary in Palk Strait was a hot topic where extensive discussion among the experts of the field from the Sri Lanka Navy and the hydrographic office at NARA brought clarity to us all. In conclusion Law Enforcement in the Ocean, Limitations of the Rights of Passage, definitions of Piracy and Armed Robbery and the true meaning of “Hot Pursuit” with actual case studies and methods of settlement of Law disputes were discussed with several examples of cases that went before the International Court of Justice.

With representation from the Sri Lankan Law Enforcement agencies, Sri Lanka Department of Hydrography, Sri Lanka Customs, SLPA Legal Department and especially with the vibrant exchange of views of the CMM member participants made the four day workshop very interesting, informative and a delight to listen to. The questions and mixed responses to various operational decisions/arrests made by the Sri Lankan Navy as with regard to Indian fishing in the northern waters of Sri Lanka kept the question & answer session interesting and informative to all.

Finally I must mention that I was enlightened very much with the little known Sri Lankan contribution to the “The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea” (UNCLOS).

A comprehensive article on the subject session will be passed on to our Editor of the Eight Bells so as to share the knowledge and promote awareness among our members.



The National Sea Sunday Service in Sri Lanka was celebrated on Sunday 09th July, 2017 at 1030am at the St. Peter’s Church adjoining the Mission to Seafarers in Fort. The Mass was celebrated by the Bishop of Colombo Rt Rev.Dhiloraj Canagasabey.

Service personnel from the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Police along with diplomats, Mariners and Maritime students attended in uniform. This solemn service began with the Cadets of the CINEC Maritime Campus carrying flags of various nations IMO and connected institutions along with that of the Armed Forces and Maritime Associations, for a Blessing. The Navy band was in attendance throughout.

The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka was represented by the CMM President Capt. Palitha de Lanerolle and by other CMM members. Capt. Nalin Abeyratne who is an overseas based member of CMM and presently visiting Colombo also took time to attend this service.

Members of the 2017-18 Council of the Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka

Seated L-R: Capt. D.J. Amarasuriya (Editor), Capt. Uditha Karunathilake (Treasurer), Capt. Rohan Codipilly (Vice President), Capt. Palitha de Lanerolle (President), Capt. Nirmal Silva (Imm Past President), Capt. Mahendra Ranatunga (Vice President) & Capt. Rohith Fernando (Secretary)

Standing L-R: Capt. Yasas Sanjeewa, Capt. Harsha Perera, Capt. Upul Peiris, Capt. Tilak Wickramasinghe, Capt. Mahes Kuruppu & Capt. Sanjeewa Usgoda Arachchi.

Absent: Capt. Sampath Athukorale, Capt. Rohan de Alwis, Capt. Prasad Alwis, Capt. Nishantha Hettiaratchy & Capt. Sumudu Dodampalage

  • AGM
  • Fellowship and Dinner
  • Fun and Dance
  • Members and Families
  • Sunday-The next morning

  • Day of the Seafarer 2017

    Seafarers Matter

    This year, once again, 25 June will mark the annual Day of the Seafarer (DotS). DotS was established in a resolution adopted by the 2010 Diplomatic Conference in Manila to adopt the revised STCW Convention. Its stated purpose is to recognize the unique contribution made by seafarers from all over the world to international seaborne trade, the world economy and civil society as a whole.

    The resolution "encourages Governments, shipping organizations, companies, shipowners and all other parties concerned to duly and appropriately promote the Day of the Seafarer and take action to celebrate it meaningfully".

    This year our theme is "Seafarers Matter".

    For 2017, we want to particularly engage ports and seafarer centres to demonstrate how much seafarers matter to them. The idea is for ports and seafarer centres to share and showcase best practices in seafarer support and welfare.

    We want them to organize special activities for seafarers on that Day, for example:

    • social event organised in port to celebrate seafarers

    • public open day at seafarer centres

    • free wi-fi in port for a day

    • etc.

    The Company of Master Mariners of Sri Lanka Will be holding their 26th Annual General Meeting on Saturday 24th June, 2017 at 1800hrs at the Mandarin Shore Ballroom of the Hotel Citrus, Waskaduwa.

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

    PROGRAMME :a) AGM in Ballroom.
    b) At the end of main AGM, spouses will be invited to listen to the closing ceremony.
    c) Fellowship
    d) Gala Buffet Dinner followed by dancing..........

    BAND :
    “Summer Breeze”

    ROOM CHARGES (Subsidised) :Single Full Board ----> Rs. 18,000

    Double Full Board ----> Rs. 20,000

    Triple Full Board ----> Rs. 25,000

    (Payments direct to hotel)

    (AGM, Fellowship & Dinner) :

    Member & Spouse ----> Rs. 5000

    Member only ----> Rs. 3000


    DRESS: Smart with CMM Tie

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

    ENTRANCE GIFT / WALK IN PAYMENTS :at Registration Desk at entrance to ballroom..

    Capt. Rohith Fernando


    On the invitation of Mr. Nissanka Perera, CEO of Lanka Hydraulics Ltd, Katubedde and Secretary OPA, a handful of CMM Members visited the institute on the morning of Saturday 27th May, 2017 to view the demonstration of a working 3D model of the proposed Sidi Ladjel Fisheries port in Mostaganem in Algeria. The tour included the simulation of the waves in this Mediterranean shoreline, and a presentation on the structural stability of the breakwaters, the size of various Amour Units strengthening and protecting the breakwaters, the over topping due to extreme events and the calmness factor inside the harbour basin. The presentation and tour of the institute was very interesting and informative to the mariners.


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

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    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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