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Sri Lanka Not Expensive

By Sue Richards last modified Jan 19, 2010 09:18 PM

Published: 2010-01-19 21:18:55
Countries: Sri Lanka

Message from Bram Goedhart, SY Saluut

Because of roomers about the cost we had not planned Sri Lanka but Maldives as a stop on the way from Thailand to Oman. On the way to Maldives, we had some technical problems so we decided to have a stop at the nearest port which turned out to be Galle.

Clearing in fun. When entering the bay you have to call port authority. They ask who is the master and what is his nationality and passport number. They tell you, you do need an agent for clearing in and you have to appoint him right away. So you appoint the agent of his advice by VHF.

Then you have to anchor in the bay and wait for the military to board. Military will check your passport and give you permission to proceed to the inner port.

Here the moorings are gone, now there is a small jetty for yachts. You have to moor the stern and have your anchor out. The agent and his helpers will wait on the jetty and help you with mooring.

Now there will be 4 parties coming to your yacht: Health control, Immigration, Customs and Port Security. All parties have at least 3 persons. All party members are very friendly and like to have a small present, like a packet of cigarettes, but they do not demand it.

After the parties have left the agent will collect his money, in our case US$200 for a stay of one month. There is no tariff for a shorter period. The money covers all costs for clearance and mooring and not to forget service of the agent while staying in the port.

In my opinion the roomers about high cost are only true when you stay only a few days. We have a 40 ft yacht, but bigger yachts have to pay more.

The cost for yacht of any size can be found on agents' websites. We used Tango shipping (email: tangoshipping@sltnet.lk, Phone: +94(0)716834708. VHF: channel 68).

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