19 August 2005
19 August 2005
The production injection moulds are complete the first sea trials of the resin injected composite boat have been undertaken for Plastech’s consortium tsunami aid and relief project for the North East area of Sri Lanka.
The North East area in Sri Lanka identified the relief offer from Plastech’s consortium as an ideal project to bring new technology and practical relief to the Trincomalee district, Kinniya region in Sri Lanka. Now the production injection moulds are complete and proven with the first launch of the composite boat undertaken late last week.
Mr Noor Nizam of the McMaster University in Hamilton, Canada, an expatriate of this Sri Lankan region is eager to arrange shipment of the production machinery, tools and technology very shortly. Alan Harper, Plastech’s chief said “We are delighted that at least one world government and community supported relief agency has realised the benefit of the consortiums active pledges and Canada are supporting the McMaster University’s Relief Aid International with their own and their peoples charitable aid. After all the publicity given to our project in the UK it is strange that a country the other side of the Atlantic has taken up the vision this sustainable charitable programme offers”. This project will contribute to the return to livelihood of nearly 7,500 fisher families and revitalize the rural fishing industry of Kinniya and the Trincomalee district which has been severely devastated by the December 26th Tsunami disaster.
The McMaster University group under their own charitable banner of Relief Aid International have sent their own aid workers to plan the building of a boat factory in the Kinniya region which will be equipped with the Cornish company’s production equipment supported by the start up material by their consortium members. For the present, a large building facility to accommodate all the Plastech equipments, productions moulds and raw-materials have been leased out in Kinniya from the 12 August 2005, by Relief Aid International and their local Community Based Organization (CBO), in Kinniya. On the 23 August, 27 students and 4 personnel from the McMaster University will fly to Sri Lanka on a 3 weeks field trip and will work with the local affected victims to rebuild their homes and set-up the pilot boat building facility with the help extended by Plastech TT Ltd.
Plastech are responding also to helping the McMaster University group to design and build another production cell to produce the more familiar local Oru fishing boat craft using the same advanced glass fibre technology. A 3 acre block of land in Kinniya with water frontage has been allocated to the project at Crown cost by the government authorities of Sri Lanka to construct the larger production facility. It is a fact that even though 8 months have passed since the Tsunami decimation of the Sri Lankan East coast fishing communities less than 5% of boats destroyed have been recovered or replaced.
Plastech are also urgently seeking air transport so that production in the new Sri Lankan boat yard may begin as soon as possible. “Maybe our government or one of our aid charities might find this now a good cause to spend a few thousand from the reported £452 million to pay for this urgent transport need” suggested Alan Harper.
The members at Saltash Wesley Church are actively working to provide further funds to assist the many additional costs for local labour used in this project for which Plastech are extremely grateful. Plastech would also like to thank Boating World, Landrake, Cornwall for their continuous support, marine advice and resources.