May 28, 2015
Oil spills at sea have wide ranging impacts that are often portrayed as long lasting environmental disasters. A large scale maritime accident in the Trans-Indian Ocean sea route might cause extensive damage and serious influences to Sri Lanka` s environment, economy and tourism industry.
To efficiently and effectively cope with maritime accidents and large scale oil spill incidents at sea, it is timely and essential that Sri Lanka and Japan work in close coordination and be equipped with proper equipment, sufficient skills and knowledge.
To cooperate in maritime safety management, a Joint Statement was signed between the Government of Japan and the Government of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka in September, 2013 which says that Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with Japan Coast Guard(JSG) will extend technical assistance to Sri Lanka Coast Guard by dispatching of Japanese experts and accepting Sri Lanka Coast Guard officers in Japan for technical training to learn from Japan`s experiences on maritime oil spill incident management.
Under this bilateral cooperation, a Japanese expert team consisting of 2 national strike team members of JSG was dispatched to Sri Lanka Coast Guard in January, 2015 along with the transfer of oil spill management equipment considered as indispensable for training.
The first consignment of equipment was ceremonially handed over to Sri Lanka Coast Guard on 28th May, 2015 at the headquarter of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard at Mirrissa, attended by Rear Admiral SS Ranasinghe Director General of Sri Lanka Coast Guard, Mr Kiyoshi AMADA Chief Representative of JICA Sri Lanka Office, Mr Shigekawa Mototsugu, Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Japan in Sri Lanka and Ms Chathurika Ranaweera, Assistant Secretary to the Ministry of Defense.
Official handover of Equipment