Department of Coast Guard Act

Arrangement of Sections

1. Short title.

PART I

Establishment of the Department of Coast Guard

2. Department of Coast Guard.

3. Establishment of the Department of Coast Guard.

PART II

DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COAST GUARD

4. Duties and functions of the Department of Coast Guard.

5. Powers of the Department of Coast Guard.

6. Members of the Department of Coast Guard deemed to be peace officers.

7. Carrying of arms.

8. Coast Guard officers' Right to visit and inspect a vessel.

9. Identification.

10. Department of Coast Guard or its personnel not to be trained as a military establishment.

PART III

Advisory Council

11. Advisory Council.

12. Functions of the Advisory Council.

13. Rules.

14. Prosecution.

PART IV

General

15. Remuneration of officers.

16. Appointment of public officers to the Department of Coast Guard.

17. Appointment of officers and servants of public corporations to the staff of the Department of Coast Guard.

18. Offences.

19. Regulations.

20. Transfer of the Coast Guard Unit attached to the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources.

21. Sinhala text to prevail in case of inconsistency.

22. Interpretation.

41 of 2009.

AN ACT to provide for the establishment of a Department of Coast Guard; to specify the functions of the Department of Coast Guard; and to provide for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto.

[Date of Commencement: 6th August, 2009]

1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the Department of Coast Guard Act.

PART I

Establishment of the Department of Coast Guard

2. Department of Coast Guard.

(1) There shall be a Department of Coast Guard which shall be under the control of a Director-General of Coast Guard.

(2) The Department of Coast Guard shall be charged with the implementation of the powers, duties and functions specified in this Act and be responsible for the proper and efficient functioning of the Coast Guard Service.

3. Establishment of the Department of Coast Guard.

There shall be established in accordance with the provisions of this Act, a service to be called the Coast Guard Service, which shall be charged with the function of law enforcement in the coastal areas, the maritime zones of Sri Lanka and the high seas.

PART II

DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF COAST GUARD

4. Duties and functions of the Department of Coast Guard.

The functions of the Department of Coast Guard shall be—

(a) to prevent illegal fishing in the coastal areas of Sri Lanka and the protection of fishermen including rendering assistance at sea;

(b) to assist the Customs and other relevant authorities in combating anti-smuggling and anti-immigration operations;

(c) to initiate action to prevent and manage piracy at sea;

(d) to co-operate with the law enforcement agencies and the armed forces by taking necessary measures for the suppression of destructive terrorist activities occuring in the maritime zones and the territorial waters of Sri Lanka;

(e) to prevent transboundary movement of narcotics, by sea;

(f) to assist the relevant authorities in ensuring safety of life and property at sea;

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