On invitation received from the Ship building Research Centre of Japan, Director General of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Rear Admiral GDAS Wimalathunge and Director Engineering of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Commodore CH Hewa Gajamange visited Sumidagawa Shipyard Company Ltd in Japan on 15th September 2017 to inspect the 02 patrol vessels being constructed at the Shipyard. The project is a grant extended by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) based on the Grant Agreement signed by the Sri Lanka Government and JICA on 30th June 2016. During the visit, the Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard focused his attention on the feasibility of further improvement of the design which is well suited to the Sri Lanka Coast Guard requirement.
The hull of the new patrol vessels will be made of high tensile steel and of aluminum alloy superstructure. The vessel will have an endurance of 750 nautical miles at 12 knots. Maximum trial speed is designed to be of 27 knots or more at the half load condition.
After acquiring of aforesaid 02 patrol vessels, Sri Lanka Coast Guard will be able to enhance its law enforcement activities and surveillance in an efficient manner in the maritime zones of Sri Lanka.