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Netherlands govt to set up facility in Galle port to provide security to its commercial vessels operating in Indian Ocean

Dutch Marines will soon begin using the Galle Port OBST (On Board Security Teams) facility in accordance with an unprecedented agreement recently finalised between the Sri Lankan government and Netherlands.

The project is meant to provide on board security to the Dutch Merchant Vessels operating in the Indian Ocean.

"The Netherlands VPDs (Vessel Protection Detachments) are expected to embark/disembark Dutch Marines as well as store small arms at the OBST facility in Galle Port in the coming few weeks," media reports quoting a senior Sri Lankan navy officer said.

Commander of the Sri Lankan Navy Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne inspected the services being put up at the Galle Port OBST operations centre, to facilitate the operation.

The Dutch shipping register, containing more than 1,200 merchant vessels, is considered one of the most modern merchant shipping fleets in the world. Most of the Dutch shipping companies have increased their operations and agents like Nedlloyd, Netherland Line, and APL (Netherlands) are some of the prominent shipping companies that have made increased presence in the Indian Ocean.   

The Sri Lankan Navy undertook the facilitation of On Board Security Team operations since November 2015.  Since then the Sri Lankan Navy has completed 11,105 movements from Galle, Hambantota and Colombo operations centres and has earned considerable foreign exchange for the country.


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