CA has no jurisdiction over Shihabdeen appeal: ASG – The Island

By Ifham Nizam

Over 80 members of the Sri Lankan Coast Guard (SLCG) are now competent enough to handle oil spill control and recovery, thanks to training and patrol boats and equipment received from Japan.

The training program was evaluated by a team from the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) Mobile Cooperation Team and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The delegation, led by JICA-Japan Senior Adviser Koji Tsuchiya, consisted of three JCG members and three JICA staff members assigned to evaluate the exercise.

The Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) concluded last week an oil spill response exercise off the port of Colombo with the participation of JICA and MCT-JCG members and in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Navy.

SLCG Staff Officer Training Lt. Cmdr. AMAS Alahakoon said The Island that they had received special training to handle dire situations. He said the exercise was mainly focused on assessing knowledge and practical applications of SLCG’s oil spill response skills.

“We hope that the Japanese government and the JCG will continue to provide assistance to promote capabilities and operational capabilities in any oil spill response that the Sri Lankan Coast Guard undertakes in the years to come,” he said. he added.

During the training evaluation exercise, the SLCG demonstrated its ability to respond to oil spills at sea.

Since 2015, JCG and JICA have extended their consultancy services to build oil spill response capacity for SLCG and the program is being executed in three phases.

The third phase will commence from 2022 to 2024 to establish an in-house Advanced Oil Spill Management Training Program at the Sri Lanka Coast Guard for Disaster Mitigation and Marine Environmental Protection.

Phase I started in February 2015 and ended in 2017. It was mainly focused on developing basic coastal oil spill response skills of the SLCG. This initial training phase was conducted at the Mirissa Advanced Training Center by a team of highly trained JCG Oil Spill Response Instructors.

Phase II, which ran from 2019 to 2022, was dedicated to further developing co-skills in response to oil spill response at sea by mobile platforms (vessels). In particular, the SLCG received two new fast patrol boats dedicated to oil spill response operations as well as oil spill response equipment in 2018 as part of the capacity improvement project. maritime security.

Phase III is planned from 2022 to 2024 and is mainly aimed at inculcating an internal system of advanced training capability for disaster mitigation and marine environment protection of the SLCG under the concept of institutionalization.

Thelma J. Longworth