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Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Reduced Fees Now being Charged

By Onundur Johannsson — last modified Apr 25, 2016 11:44 AM
A report from SY Elonnisa which visited Trincomalee in February 2016 and were very pleasantly surprised by a reduction in the fees now being charged.

Published: 2016-04-22 23:00:00
Countries: Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, Trincomalee: Reduced Fees Now being Charged

Traffic in Trincomalee

We had been in Trincomalee in February for 3 weeks arriving from Phuket /Thailand. After a very pleasant sailing through the Adaman Sea, where we caught 2 quite big yellow fin tunas, we dropped the anchor in the huge and very sheltered anchorage in Trinco. The water there is quite clear, the holding excellent and it is not too much traffic  in the harbour.

At this time  there had been only 3 other cruisers anchored.

Our Agent was GAC and we gave them notice per email in advance and also obtained visas per internet, which was very easy and paid 35 USD per person.

Landing the Dinghy here is quite easy, there is a red fishing boat permanently moored on the town pier and you can just go there and fix your dinghy and access land over this boat.

Sri Lanka Trinco dinghy landing

We met our local agent, Ravi, and went with his help quick and untroubled through the formalities.

GAC gave us some weeks ago per email an estimate of the navigation charges which had been 420 USD for Elonnisa, which is an 54 feet Beneteau Oceanis, monohull sloop with two persons on board.

At our departure, when we had been due to pay we had a nice surprise : Ravi told us, that the fees are reduced and so we only had to pay 290 USD.

Port charges :         USD 100

Garbage                          50       now USD 20

Custom services              20

Agency                          200       now        100

Bank charges                   50

So GAC  reduced the fees.

Our stay in Trincomalee was very pleasant, the prices are low and the fresh products in the daily market are very good. We also want to mention our driver, Kumara, who did a very good job to show us the historical places around Trinco and was also very helpful in our needs regarding cooking gas or best meat etc. He is a very decent guy and is charging also very reasonable prices for his service . His tel no.  771008369

Elisabeth and Onni Johannsson

S/Y Elonnisa

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