The Sunday Leader

Navy Grabbed Our Business, says Avant Garde Chairman

by Nirmala Kannangara

Chairman, Avant Garde Maritime Services, Nissanka Senadhipathi claims the Navy has allegedly taken over a business he had entered into with the Nigerian Navy last year.

Senadhipathi’s claim comes following the handing over of nine small petrol craft and arrow boats manufactured by Sri Lanka Navy to the Nigerian Navy recently.

However, Navy Commander Vice Admiral Ravindra Wijegunaratne refuted the allegations and added that there was no necessity for Sri Lanka Navy to take over any business illegally but added that they entered into an agreement with Nigerian Navy three months ago to supply small boats.

According to Navy Commander it is too early to say as to when the next consignment of boats will be exported to Nigerian Navy.

Senadhipathi accused the Navy of taking over his business he toiled hard to get competing with 26 other countries and challenged Sri Lanka Navy to show any document that proves they have entered into an agreement with the Nigerian Navy.

“I have paid several visits to Nigeria and even accompanied the former Navy Commanders on these occasions. The Navy is engaging in an illegal business that belongs to me and I am in the process of taking legal action,” Senadhipathi told The Sunday Leader.

Senadhipathi also highlighted how the income from maritime operations had dropped drastically under Sri Lanka Navy and added that when it was done by the Avant Garde, the monthly income exceed US $ 3.2 billion.

“Soon this operation will be taken over by a foreign maritime service as the Navy is not competent enough to carry it,” Senadhipathi said.

Meanwhile, the Navy Commander said, “Sri Lanka Navy is expecting to receive yet another order for small petrol craft and arrow boats from Nigerian Navy once the recently exported boats meet their requirements.”

Vice Admiral Wijegunaratne said the contract to manufacture these boats was signed between Sri Lanka Navy and Nigerian Navy about three months ago and disclaimed the allegations levelled by Avant Garde that the Sri Lanka Navy manufactured and exported these boats under the contract Avant Garde signed with the Nigerian Navy.

“This manufacture was done after we entered into an agreement with the Nigerian Navy about three months ago,” the Navy Commander said.

Meanwhile, Navy Spokesman Capt. Akram Alavi said that from the time the navy took over maritime operations from Avant Garde, the average income they get per month is well above US$ 2 million per month. When asked whether it is a drop compared to the time the Avant Garde was operating the maritime services, Capt. Alavi said that the government consolidated fund received only 20% of what Avant Garde earned but now the entire income goes to the consolidated fund.

“The Avant Garde cannot claim that we manufactured these boats under the contract they had signed with the Nigerian Navy. May be they have entered into an agreement, but the Nigerian Navy signed an agreement with us a few months back. It is only the Navy that has the facility to manufacture boats as we have our own plant whereas the Avant Garde does not have a plant to manufacture boats,” Capt. Alavi said.

 

5 Comments for “Navy Grabbed Our Business, says Avant Garde Chairman”

  1. Banerjee

    “The Navy is engaging in an illegal business that belongs to me and I am in the process of taking legal action,” Senadhipathi told The Sunday Leader.”

    the above is a statement made by a fellow who had dishonorable discharge from Army and a criminal who is accused of money laundering. I wish to know what are the core competencies of Avant Garde company other than the clos relationship maintained with Rajapaksa brothers of former corruption king Mahendra Rajapaksa. this fellow is corrupt to the core, apparently he has bribed every powerful politician in Sri Lanka. That is why even present jokers clamed to be advocating good governance is not taking any actions to arrest this high profiled criminal. That is why he is at liberty to bad-mouth any one who has crossed his path of crime spree.

    • bandito

      “”the above is a statement made by a fellow who had dishonorable discharge from Army and a criminal who is accused of money laundering.”"

      that is your falta statement- the past is a memory and should not influence the present we live in.
      He has made 2 accusations Fonny took a bribe and the Navy under BodiSira stole his business- A billion dollar tax paying one too. Navy does not pay tax so who gets all that moola?? Like Putin and Gazprom- Appe Anduva by Warlords under the guise of being democratically elected courtesy Kerry telephone conversation..
      Await Trump and see the fun unwind.

      • Justice seeker

        Hey Bandito,

        If Trump is elected, the criminals like your Hero Senadhipathi will find no place to hide. And the guys like you who are known to survive from the sponsorship of Criminals will be barred from the USA.

  2. Amith

    I think something is wrong in the amounts stated. If $3.2 billion is earned in a month, then, it equals or is more than the total earnings of all our exports. This would have been a lucrative business for anybody. The Navy says that they get an average income of $2 million So I think it is not $3.2 billion but $3.2 million

  3. gamarala

    What happened to the three hundred illegal weapons with markings erased, seized from Avant Garde?

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