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Weapon Hiring

Provision of Sri Lanka Government Owned Weapons and Associated Equipment with Sri Lankan Sea Marshals

Weapons owned by the Government of Sri Lanka(GOSL) are available for hire on per-transit basis to Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs). A set of weapons is always accompanied by a Sri Lankan sea marshal provided by Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Limited (RALL) which is a Sri Lanka government business undertaking. Additional sea marshals and team leaders are also available. All weapons, associated equipment and sea marshals are accompanied by an authorization letter issued by the Ministry of Defence – Sri Lanka, for a specific vessel for a transit.

Weapons and Equipment

A kit consists of following;

  • 3 or 4 weapons of following 2 types.
    • 7.62mm calibre T56 automatic rifles
    • 5.56mm calibre 84-S semi-automatic rifles
  • Up to 200 rounds of ammunition per weapon
  • Magazines (4 per T56 rifle, 2 per 84-S rifle)
  • 3 or 4 pouches(Magazine carriers)
  • Weapon boxes
  • 3 or 4 body armours
  • 3 or 4 combat helmets

Number of weapons and other equipment depends on the number of sea marshals in the team.

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Sea Marshals

All sea marshals are ex-military personnel with 12 years or more experience in Sri Lankan forces. All of them have successfully completed training complying to Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping(STCW) for Seafarers and possess valid seaman books.
It is a mandatory requirement of the Ministry of Defence that at least one Sri Lankan sea marshal accompanies weapons as a custodian from the time they are issued from and until returned to an approved storage facility. Custodian can be used as a security team member.
You can hire full teams of Sri Lankans inclusive of a Team Leader and 2 or 3 sea marshals or use Sri Lankans in combination with PMSCs team leaders and/or sea marshals.

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Our Service Network and Transit Packages

GOSL owned weapons can only be stored in approved facilities. A transit with such weapons must commence and end only at locations where these facilities are accessible. We have included shipping agency services at points of embarkation and disembarkation in the service packages to offer complete, all-inclusive facilitation solutions to PMSCs.

We arrange transits between following locations.

  • Colombo, Sri Lanka (At berth)
  • Galle, Sri Lanka (OPL)
  • Red Sea (Floating armoury located in 190N area. Joining/repatriation can be arranged through Suez or Port Sudan)
  • Gulf of Oman (Floating armoury located in OPL Fujairah. Joining/repatriation can be arranged through Fujairah Anchorage. Vessel needs to call the anchorage)
  • Muscat, Oman (Muscat anchorage)
  • Port Louis, Mauritius (OPL or at berth)
  • Durban, South Africa (OPL/Anchorage, Berth) It is possible to carry out transfers at other South African ports as well. Extra transport costs may apply)
  • Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (OPL or at berth)

*Possibility of providing weapons depends on availability on required date at respective embarkation location. Please always check with us in advance. We have large numbers of equipment in Sri Lanka, Red Sea and Durban.

Our packages include following;

  • Hired weapons, equipment and Sri Lankan sea marshal(s).
  • Embarkation and disembarkation (agency, visa, meet & greet, road transportation, launch boat) for all sea marshals if applicable.
  • Floating armoury transfer if applicable.

Our packages exclude following;

  • Air fare for your sea marshals. (You have to arrange flight tickets as necessary)
  • Air fare for Sri Lankan sea marshals. (You can arrange flight tickets or we can arrange at actual cost)
  • Hotel accommodation and meals for all sea marshals. (We will invoice at actual cost)
  • Accommodation and meals for your sea marshals on board our floating armouries.

Registration to use this service

You need to provide your Company profile, copy of business registration/incorporation certificate, a Letter of Indemnity and enter an agreement. Other than these you have to provide a booking note and vessel data for each transit. You can download sample drafts for the agreement, indemnity letter, booking note form and vessel data from using the links on the right.
Other than above you need to ensure that sea marshals provided by us are insured for not less than USD 250,000.00.

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