Mar 23, Colombo: Sri Lanka Navy takes special measures to prevent COVID-19 coronavirus from entering country when onboard security teams of merchant vessels docking at Sri Lankan ports disembark.
The embarkation and disembarkation of onboard security teams of merchant vessels takes place in accordance with a mutually agreed procedure by Navy, local agents of merchant vessels and Sri Lanka Ports Authority under careful supervision of Sri Lanka Navy.
Due to prevailing health concerns in the country, these activities are being closely monitored, the Navy said.
Further, the disembarking onboard security teams and their direct local agents are being quarantined at the quarantine center established at the Boossa Naval Base in Galle, before embarking for onboard security duties again.
Meanwhile, members of onboard security teams who arrive in for short period of time, are directed to self-quarantine at three separate locations under Navy’s care, as there is no sufficient time for them to go through 14-day quarantine.
Further, every weapon and ammunition as well as personal belongings of onboard security teams are sterilized at the harbor premises by health unit of the harbor and quarantine unit of Sri Lanka Navy.
Sri Lanka Navy says since the stability of the economy which basically depends upon imports and exports is paramount of importance at this crucial juncture, the Navy plays a vital and responsible role for the execution of undisturbed economic activities of the country.
This whole process of activities is carried out by the Navy following proper sanitation guidelines and a practical training in this regard was held at the Galle harbor on 20th March 2020.