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Navy earns Rs.2.26 bn from Avant Garde operations in 2016

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The Navy had earned Rs. 2.26 billion after taking over the Onboard Security Team Operations (OBST) from Avant Garde Maritime Services in 2016, the Navy said today.

Accordingly, the Navy had carried out a total of 5,928 shipments to the Galle harbour and 443 shipments to Colombo harbour during last year.

Meanwhile, since the inception of OBST operations from November 13, 2015 until January 02 this year, the Navy had earned an income of Rs. 2.63 Billion for a total of 7,457 shipments. “Galle and Colombo harbours have carried out 6,922 and 535 shipments respectively averaging approximately 573 shipments a month” Navy said.

The Galle and Colombo operation centres look after the receiving, holding and issuing of weapons, ammunitions and other related equipment belonging to foreign as well as local On Board Security Teams.

The earnings generated through OBST operations are directly deposited to the Consolidated Fund of the Sri Lankan Government.

With the Government annulling the agreement with Avant Garde, the Sri Lanka Navy was entrusted with the task of providing security to merchant vessels and supplying services to Security Firms involved in providing on-board security to merchant ships.

“Since taking over these tasks, the Navy has ensured that the security requirements of the merchant vessels which frequent the High Risk Area (HRA) are provided efficiently,” the Navy said. (Darshana Sanjeewa)

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  • lkboy Tuesday, 03 January 2017 02:27 PM

    see the amount of money the country lost before Navy took over.

    ceylon Tuesday, 03 January 2017 04:46 PM

    military is not a business company.let people to do business.let military to do security.government do everything but cant do anything. via DM Android App

    Prasanna Tuesday, 03 January 2017 05:24 PM

    Good Question. And the best part is that they are in the move to stage a come back with blessings of many.

    Gobba Tuesday, 03 January 2017 07:04 PM

    You mean let Avant Garde and Gota and Company continue skimming money from this project ?

    Mandy Tuesday, 03 January 2017 07:32 PM

    This is not a commercial business but a matter of security with guns invlolved and hence navy has to give end user certificate. A private company doing that is illegal.involved. Know the matter before commenting.

    Bala Tuesday, 03 January 2017 01:04 PM

    And all this money skimmed off earlier by a few individuals - and the best - they are still scot free.

    D.Upul Tuesday, 03 January 2017 01:37 PM

    Where this money did go before Jan. 08th?

    Dee Tuesday, 03 January 2017 02:22 PM

    This govt need to be toppled(along with the country) so that the halted 'development' here and overseas could be finished. Then what ever leftovers can be given back to YP.


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