There are 15,000 seafarers in Sri Lanka who bring 500 million US dollars to the Island Nation and that this can be increased if the number of effectively trained seafarers can be increased, Executive Chairman Ceyline Group Ajith Peiris who was speaking during an event held to recognize and reward its employees was quoted by the Sri Lankan media.
“We are negotiating with the government to increase the number of Sri Lankan seafarers to 50,000. At the moment, one per cent of the global seafarers are Sri Lankans,” he said. It was revealed that the 36 international ships are completely handled by Sri Lankan seafarers at the moment.
Seafarers could contribute towards the revival of Sri Lanka’s economy if their quantity and quality is improved, chief of a private company which manages ships said.
Ceyline Group is engaged in managing ships and training seafarers. The company has produced around 1,000 seafarers to date.