July 01, 2016 (LBO) – The Japanese government has granted 1,830 million Japanese Yen (Rs2.4bn) to Sri Lanka for the implementation of a maritime safety capability improvement project. The project aims to contribute to the improvement of the maritime safety capability of Sri Lanka Coast Guard by enabling them to procure two petrol vessels to ensure safe navigation of vessels, anti-piracy, transnational crime countermeasures and prevention of destruction of marine environment and resources. This grant aid will be utilized for procurement of two 30m-class patrol vessels, including the construction of vessels, sea transportation from Japan to Sri Lanka, and familiarization training for coast guard personnel. The new patrol vessels are manufactured using steel in the hull and aluminum alloy in superstructure and each are equipped with two sets of water jet type propulsion system and driven by 2 sets of marine diesel engines. The signing of the exchange of notes took place yesterday between Japanese Ambassador Kenichi Suganuma and Treasury Secretary Dr. R H S Samaratunga at the Ministry premises.
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Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga was also present at the signing ceremony.