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 by Private Maritime Security Companies (PMSCs) on per-transit basis. Weapons are accompanied by a Sri Lankan sea marshal at all times. Additional sea marshals and team leaders are available at request. All weapons, associated equipment and sea marshals are provided on authorization by the Ministry of Defence.

Weapons and Equipment

A kit consists of the following;

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

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


Sea Marshals

All sea marshals are ex-military personnel with an experience of 12 years or more in the Sri Lankan armed forces. All have successfully completed training complying to Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) for Seafarers and have 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 until returned to an approved storage facility. Custodians can be used as a security team member.
PMSCs can hire a full team of Sri Lankans inclusive of a Team Leader and two or three sea marshals, or use Sri Lankans in combination with PMSCs team leaders and/or sea marshals.

Service Network and Transit Packages

  • Government of Sri Lanka owned weapons can only be stored in approved facilities. A transit with such weapons must start and end only at locations where these facilities are accessible. AGMS includes shipping agency services at points of embarkation and disembarkation in the service packages to offer 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). (Transfers can be carried out at other South African ports as well. Extra transport costs may apply)
    • Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania (OPL or at berth)

*Weapons provision depends on the availability on the required date at the respective embarkation location. Please ensure to check with AGMS in advance. We have large numbers of equipment in Sri Lanka, Red Sea and Durban.

Our packages include:

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

Our packages exclude:

    • Airfare for your sea marshals. (PMSCs have to arrange flight tickets as necessary)
    • Airfare for Sri Lankan sea marshals. (Either PMSCs arrange or AGMS can arrange flight tickets at actual cost) 
    • Hotel accommodation and meal costs for all sea marshals. (AGMS will invoice at actual cost)
    • Accommodation and meal costs for your sea marshals onboard AGMS floating armouries


Registration to use this service

To register for this service, PMSCs need to provide the company profile, copy of business registration/incorporation certificate, and a Letter of Indemnity to enter an agreement with AGMS. In addition, PMSCs have to provide a booking note and vessel data for each transit. You can download sample drafts of the agreement, indemnity letter, booking note form and vessel data by clicking the links on the right.
Also, PMSCs need to ensure that sea marshals provided by AGMS are insured for not less than USD 250,000.00.