Japan has agreed to provide Rs.2.4 billion under an annual grant aid programme to develop the capabilities of Sri Lankan Coast Guards by improving the existing operations around the Sri Lanka coastal areas. Under this, the Japanese government has agreed to provide two units of 30 meters long 1,440 kW diesel powered patrol vessels for Sri Lanka Coast Guard. The existing operational sea miles of Sri Lanka Coast Guard and number of patrol operations days per year are planned to be increased with the implementation of this project.
In addition, the project will enhance the capacity of Sri Lanka Coast Guards for quick and appropriate response in search and rescue operations, investigation of marine crimes such as smuggling, fish poaching, and illegal migrants etc. Prevention and removal of oil spills from vessels and conservation of marine environment and natural resources are also among the benefits of the project. The signing of exchange of notes and grant agreement took place yesterday, at the Ministry of Finance.