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25 Sri Lanka Coast Guard personnel qualify as ‘Oil Spill Incident
Management Instructors’ in Japan

May 31, 2024

A team of 25 personnel of the Sri Lanka Coast Guard (SLCG) successfully completed an advanced training program on Oil Spill Incident Management at the Maritime Disaster Prevention Centre (MDPC) in Yokosuka, Japan recently.

According to SLCG media, 16 officers and 09 sailors had undergone specialized training facilitated by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in collaboration with the Japan Coast Guard (JCG) and the MDPC. The course was based on the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) model course on oil pollution preparedness, response and cooperation level 1.

In addition to the training, the SLCG’s Director General Rear Admiral Pujitha Vithana and Director of Training, Captain Charitha Gunawantha have attended the sessions and also had in-depth discussions with JCG Commandant Ishii Shohei, it says.

Upon successfully completing the course these SLCG personnel are officially recognized as Oil Spill Incident Management Instructors of the SLCG and would be able share knowledge within the country and the region as well, it further says.