Sri Lanka Coast Guard Offshore Patrol Vessel (OPV), SLCGS ‘Suraksha’ sailed today (23rd November 2018) for Maldives to participate in the Trilateral Coast Guard Joint Exercise ‘DOSTI – XIV’ which is planned to be held in the seas off Male from 26th to 30th November 2018. SLCGS ‘Suraksha’ is representing the Sri Lanka Coast Guard for the first time for an exercise in foreign waters since her joining SLCG fleet in September 2017.
Regional Director, Southern Region (RDSR) of Sri Lanka Coast Guard conducted a series of drowning prevention awareness programmes for the School students, Fishermen and Civil Organizations from 02nd to 09th November 2018 at various locations in the Southern Province in Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard launched Tree Planting Project on 5th November 2018 accomplishing its responsibility towards nation in protecting environment by planting 1000 trees along the coastal area of Panadura, Dikovita, Weligama, Oluvil, Balapitiya, Trincomalee and Thondamanaru in Jaffna areas. The officers of Department of Coastal Conservation and Coastal Resource Management, Sri Lanka Police and school children / civilians also participated for the event.
The Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel deployed at Coast Guard Station Kirinda conducted a combined search operation in Kirinda sea area with the assistance of Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources staff, Hambanthota to apprehend illegally caged lobsters out at sea on 31st October 2018. Lobster fishing has been banned during the months of February, September and October as per Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Act, No. 2 of 1996 since it is the reproductive season.
Sri Lanka Coast guard personnel on duty at Fishing Marshaling Point Cod bay arrested 06 fishermen with 08 No’s of shark fins (03 Kg) and Dry Shark 38 Kg whilst checking process was carried out for returning multiday fishing trawlers at 1030 hrs on 01st October 2018 and handed over same to Assistance Director Fisheries of Trincomalee for further investigations and legal actions.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) Lifesavers attached to lifesaving post at Nilaweli in Eastern region rescued seven foreigners with the help of Police Lifesavers while drowning at Nilaweli beach at 0940 hours on 23rd September 2018. The victims were one male and six females from USA and India. A five year old girl was also among them and others were between 26 to 54 years old. The quick response of lifesavers into the incident enabled saving of valuable lives of seven tourists, and rescued persons were handed over to their relatives. This rescue marked the 1114th life rescue of SLCG todate by accomplishing the SLCG Lifesaving motto “We Save Lives”.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard Oil Spill Response Management Team (OSRT) deployed in Coast Guard Eastern Region with the assistance of Sri Lanka Navy responded swiftly for an oil spill incident occurred due to capsized fishing boat ‘Dulaj Putha VII’ whilst hoisting by a crane for repair works at the Cod Bay fishery harbour on 11th September 2018. Oil Spill Response Management team managed to contain and recover spilled oil during the operation.
On receipt of the information from Ceylon Petroleum Corporation about the suspected oil spill from a pipeline carrying oil to the Muthurajawela Oil Refinery Complex on 08th September 2018, SLCG deployed oil spill response teams with equipments to Dikowita and Uswetakeyyawa area while two ships which are donated recently by the Japanese Government, Sri Lanka Coast Guard ships ‘Samaraksha’ and ‘Samudra Raksha’ sailed to the suspected area to assess the situation and expedite the cleaning up process.
Sri Lanka Coast Guard received 02 Inshore Patrol Craft (IPCs) built by the Inshore Patrol Craft Construction Project of Sri Lanka Navy on 07th September 2018 at the official handing over ceremony held at Colombo harbour. The occasion was graced by Rear Admiral Piyal De Silva, Chief of Staff of Sri Lanka Navy representing the Commander of the Navy and Rear Admiral Samantha Wimalathunga, Director General of Coast Guard.
The Commissioning ceremony of Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samudra Raksha and Sri Lanka Coast Guard Ship Samaraksha, two 30 meter long steel hull Fast Patrol vessels (FPV) donated by the government of Japan under the project for Maritime Safety Capability Improvement in Sri Lanka was held at the Port of Colombo on 29th August 2018. These ships are equipped with many equipment using for fire fighting, oil spill management and law enforcement activities.