On invitation received from 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 the Japanese Coast Guard Headquarters on 01st March 2017 to sign the bidding Agreement in view of procuring of 02 patrol vessels scheduled to be constructed in Sumidagawa Shipyard Company Ltd in Japan. The project will be a grant extended by the Japan International Cooperation (JICA) based on the Grant Agreement signed by Sri Lanka Coast Guard and JICA on 30th June 2016.
The hull of the new patrol vessels will be made of high tensile steel and aluminum alloy in superstructure having endurance with 750 sea 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 enable to enhance law enforcement activities and surveillance in an efficient manner in all maritime zones of Sri Lanka.