Japan to supply patrol boats to Sri Lanka

ECONOMYNEXT – Japan is to supply two patrol boats to Sri Lanka’s coast guard to strengthen its maritime surveillance, and search and rescue capabilities, a spokesman said.

Japan International Co-operation Agency will provide a grant of 1.8 million Yen (about Rs2.4 billion) for the project, Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilake told a news conference.

The Government of Japan has agreed to grant assistances including two 30-metre long patrol vessels to the Department of Coast Guard to improve its operations, he said.

The coast guard will be better able to combat maritime crime, poaching and marine pollution, as well as search and rescue work.
(COLOMBO, May 12 2016)

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