Job loss claim following armoury closure

Claims made by former Avant Garde manager.

‘Around 5,000 jobless due to Avant Garde closure’

Rasika Somarathna

A senior former official of the Avant Garde Maritime Security Services yesterday said that around 5,000 people have lost their jobs due to the closure of the company.

“Around 5,000 people who were employed by the company on direct and indirect capacities have lost their jobs due to the government decision to hand over the operations to the Navy,” the firm’s former Manager of Commercial Vessel Protection, Lt Col (retd) Nilantha Jayaweera said.

Jayaweera said around 150 foreign ships which previously sought services of Avant Garde to protect their vessels from possible piracy attacks has now stated that they will seek such services from elsewhere.

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