Speaking at the event, the President praised the efforts of the team that produced the vessel, saying that the production of the 400-passenger vessel is a clear testimony of the knowledge and technology of Sri Lankan engineers.
Commending the ship manufacturer for its efficient service, the President noted that the political leadership has a direct impact on the progress of the Government institutions and when the politicians are honest and clean, institutions will automatically become efficient and corruption free entities.
Speaking further, President Sirisena pointed out that the revenue generated by the Colombo port has not fully been utilized for the well-being of the country. He said the income generated by the Colombo Port has to be used to repay the loans obtained for the construction of Hambantota Port and if this situation did not occur, this country and its people would have benefited from all the revenue.
President Sirisena emphasized that the current government is always willing to ensure the transparency of government institutions, adding that it is a responsibility of everyone to shun corruption and fraud at government offices.
MV Lagoons, the second 400-passenger cum 250-ton cargo vessel built for India was completely planned, developed and built by the Colombo Dockyard.
The company delivered the first 400-passenger and 250-ton cargo vessel built for India MV Corals to Union Territories of Lakshadweep Administration of the Government of India on 28th October 2014.