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U.S. Coast Guard trains Lankan Port officials

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) held a port security capacity building programme at the Port of Colombo with over 25 Sri Lankan port officials from February 11 to 13.

The programme strengthened the port’s security capabilities through drills that improved agency coordination and the implementation of the port’s security plan.

Sri Lanka’s improved maritime security will not only provide greater protection against terrorism and other threats but will also enhance trade with other countries, contributing to Sri Lanka’s prosperity, the U.S. Embassy stated in a release.

“Sri Lanka has demonstrated a strong commitment to port security,” said Lieutenant Matt Arnold, the USCG’s liaison to Sri Lanka for Port Security initiatives.

“This capacity building programme helped create the security environment that’s essential to increased trade and realizing Sri Lanka’s goal of becoming a regional hub for commerce.”

The U.S. Coast Guard’s International Port Security Program was established in 2003 to expand the understanding of maritime security measures. The implementation of these international standards is a worldwide partnership between maritime nations.


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