Maritime Security Company providing infrastructure facilities to Sea Marshal’s

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logoAvant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd is a subsidiary of Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt) Ltd, and incorporated on the24th June 2011 under the Companies Act (reference: NO.7 of 2007) of Sri Lanka.

Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd entered into a joint venture with Government Owned Business Undertaking (GOBU) of Rakna Arakshaka Lanka Ltd (RALL) of Sri Lanka to provide infrastructure facilities for international maritime security services.

The Parent Company; Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt0 Ltdis the largest security company in Sri Lanka employing over 6,500 personnel. It has an unblemished record of over 17 years providing land based security to many organizations including key blue chip companies, most of the banks and financial institutions, including Central Bank of Sri Lanka.

Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt) Limited provides comprehensive range of total risk mitigation solutions to the global maritime industry and also engaged in the business of providing of total logistical assistance to vessels transiting the Indian Ocean.

Avant Garde Maritime Services has created a network of facilities in strategic locations to ensure maritime security companies are assured of obtaining weapons and associated items for passage through piracy risk area and handing over them to be under the control of AGMS / RALL officers at the relevant destination ports before repatriation of sea marshals.

AGMS is a proud Signatory Company of the ICoC (International Code of Conduct), secured SAMI (Security Association Maritime Industry) membership and in the process of getting affiliated to legitimate international maritime agencies.

Company Values

  • Assuring prospective clients with highly professional services by having ex-navy personnel with immense exposure and experience in maritime operations in senior management positions.
  • Direct Command & Control by competent and experienced senior maritime security personnel.
  • Reliable and timely service.
  • Endeavour to meet and exceed customer expectations.
  • Continuously open communication lines dedicated to customer support.
  • 09 dedicated offices in strategically important locations including Sri Lanka working on 24 x 7 basis.
  • Assuring prospective clients with over 5000 weapons approved by the Government of Sri Lanka


  • Admiral D.W.A.S.Dissanayake
    WV, RSP & Bar,VSV, USP, ndc, MPhil(D&SS), MSc(DS)Mgt, MNI(Lond)
    Advisor & Consultant

    The former Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy, Admiral D. W. A. S. Dissanayake, is now appointed as the Adviser on Maritime Affairs to His Excellency the President of Sri Lanka.

    Admiral Dissanayaka served in the Sri Lanka Navy for over 35 years. He has been at the forefront of high intensity sea battles and become the most decorated officer to be at the helm of the SLN . Additionally he has held a DPL post as the Defence Advisor to the Sri Lanka High Commission on New Delhi, India.

    Admiral Dissanayake is a distinguished graduate of the prestigious National Defence College in New Delhi, India and recipient of a Masters in Philosophy in Defence and Strategic Studies with a first class distinction. He has a Masters in Management on Defence Studies from the Kotelawala Defence University, Sri Lanka. He is a distinguished alumnus of the National Defence University in Washington D.C., USA and the Asia Pacific Center for Security Studies in Hawaii, USA. He is also a member of the prestigious Nautical Institute of the United Kingdom.
  • His Excellency Salim bin Abdullah Al Alawi
    Advisor & Consultant

    His Excellency (H.E) Salim Al Alawi, formerly the Chief of the Royal Navy of Oman, is currently at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as

    * Head of Office of the Continental Shelf and Maritime Affairs,
    * Head of National Committee on the Continental Shelf Extension Study
    * Chairman of the Omani Committee on the Code of Conduct Concerning the Repression of Piracy and Armed Robbery Against Ships in the Western Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden.

    In addition, he also acts a member on many committees concerning Maritime Affairs.

    Immediately prior to his assignment to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, he was the chief of the Royal Navy of Oman (RNO) from 8th February 2004 to 25th February 2008 holding the rank of Rear Admiral.  He joined RNO in 1974 and was trained at the Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) in Dartmouth and in the Royal Malaysian Navy. In January 1984 he attended the Principal Warfare Officer's Course and the Anti-Submarine Warfare Officer's Course in the UK.

    He is an Alumnus of the Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK and the National Defence College in New Delhi, India with a Master's Degree in Military Science. He also holds a Master of Science (MSc) in Maritime Studies with Distinction from University of Portsmouth, U.K.

    During his illustrious Naval Career he held various fleet appointments and had the distinction of being Commanding Officer of different classes of RNO Vessels. H.E was the Commandant of the prestigious Command and Staff College at Bait Al Falaj for three years and a half before being appointed to the post of Batinah Naval Area Commander (BATNAC) and Commander of Said bin Sultan Naval Base (COSBSNB) in 1995. In September 1998, he was entrusted with the duties of Principal Staff Officer (PSO) at the HQ. H.E Al Alawi was appointed as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Administration before he received the Royal Decree to take over the reign of the Royal Navy of Oman.

    As a naval officer he was awarded a variety of Medals and Orders; Order of Oman (Military) 2nd Class, Order of Military Glory 2nd Grade, Order of Military Merit 2nd Class and Sultan's Distinguished Service meads.

  • Mr. George Chen, MMS
    Senior Advisor & Business Partner

    Mr. George Chen is a graduate from the National Taiwan University, with a Master?s  degree in Marine Science. He carries over 25 years of experience in the Fishing Industry. Mr. Chen has specialized in the fields of Oil (Off-shore) Bunkering / Logistic services & Tuna Assessment programmes in various countries in the Indian Ocean Region including Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, Yemen, Seychelles, and Mauritius.

    During his chequered career in the field of Maritime industry, he has held very senior appointments in the past such as;
    Managing Director of Sea Grand Pte Ltd, Singapore (1989 -2003), Managing Director of Mynamar Sea Global Co. Ltd, Union of Myanmar (1989 - 1998), Director Sea Global Co. Ltd, Indonesia (1995 - 1998) and Chief Executive Officer of ABC Gold (Pvt) Ltd. Karachi, Pakistan (2006 - 2010). Presently, Mr.George Chen holds the appointments in overseas establishments as;
    Chief Executive Officer - Atlantic Resources Co. Ltd, Macau
    Chief Executive Officer - Eastward Exim & Shipping Pte Ltd, Singapore.
    He has fortified and supplemented the strength of Avant Garde Maritime Services as a Senior Advisor and Business Partner, and is continuously involved in the business operational activities of the AGMS.

  • Major General P. Chandrawansa
    RWP, RSP, USP, psc, MSc (Defence Studies)

    Maj Gen Chandrawansa is the former Regimental Commander of Sri Lanka Army Commando Regiment, and retired from the Sri Lanka Army in September 2006 after serving over 30 years in various capacities.  He has had his initial training in Sri Lanka, India and USA before successfully completing US Ranger Course, Anti Hijack and Hostage Release Training conducted by SAS of UK, Asia Pacific Security Studies Executive Course in USA and Senior Command Course in India.  He is the first Sri Lankan military officer to be qualified as a paratrooper having successfully completed the Airborne Course in USA.  He is an alumnus of the prestigious Defence Services Command & Staff College, India, and holds a Master's Degree in Defence Studies from University of Chennai, India.  During his brilliant career in the Army, he also functioned as the Secretary to the Defence Review Committee and Overall Operational  Commander, Colombo and Coordinating Officer of Colombo District.  He was also the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 53 Division of the Sri Lanka Army.

Management of the Company

  • Major Nissanka Senadhipathi

    Major Nissanka Senadhipathi was commissioned in the Sri Lanka Army and graduated from the Pakistan Military Academy as the first direct enlisted officer to the Commando Regiment. He qualified as a paratrooper and during a career spanning twelve years in the Sri Lanka Army he held important appointments of Officer Instructor, Military Academy, Chief Instructor, Military Sniper Training School, Brigade Major, Air Mobile Brigade, and Chief Security Officer, Ministry of Defence and the Sri Lanka Army Headquarters at the height of the LTTE terrorism.


    He was also a member of the Anti Hijack and Hostage Release Unit of the Commando Regiment and deployed at the Colombo international airport. His dedication and commitment to the duties of the Commando Regiment was recognized by the authorities when he was selected to serve as the Personal Bodyguard to His Excellency the President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka.


    Consequent to the Indo-Sri Lanka pact in 1987, Major Nissanka Senadhipathi had the distinction of serving as the Personal Bodyguard to Lt. Gen. A.S. Kalkut, Commander of the Indian Peace Keeping Force, during his tenure of command.

  • Mr. Manjula Yapa

    Mr. Manjula Yapa is a Director at AGMS and the Managing Director of Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt) Limited. He Joined the Police in November 1989 as a Sub Inspector and retired as a Chief Inspector in 2001.  During his tenure in the Department of the Police he served as OIC (Special Branch).  He also served in North & East during the height of terrorism and ethnic violence in the country.  He followed courses at various Police Training Colleges and Army training centres in Sri Lanka.  Eventually, he was an Officer in Charge at Special Branch Unit of the Police directly under the Inspector General of Police.

    During his tenure of service in the police, he was assigned in to various designations across Central Province, North Western Province, and Eastern Province of Sri Lanka.

    After retirement from the Police, Mr. Manjula Yapa joined Avant Garde Security Services (Pvt) Ltd as an Operation Manager.  Later he was promoted as General Manager and finally assumed duties as Managing Director.  He is totally responsible for all security operations and related administration island-wide.
  • Wing Commander Senarath Dissanayake Rtd, SLAF
    Head of Department, International Marketing

    Wing Commander Senarath Dissanayake is a Head of Department, International Marketing. He is a retired senior Air Force Officer, having over 20 years of extensive experience in the Administrative/Regiment Branch of the Sri Lanka Air Force. After retiring from the Air Force he has been serving as the head of Security at the national development Bank for 6 years. He is a holder of three diplomas in the fields of Quality Management conducted by Sri Lanka Standards Institute, Personnel Management at National Institute of Business Management & Human Rights at the Human Rights Institute of Sri Lanka.  Further he has  participated in Disaster Management training in Honolulu, Hawaii. Further he has been trained on Business Continuity Planning (BCP) in Sri Lanka.
  • Captain Prasanna Rajaratne SLN (Rtd)

    Captain Prasanna Rajaratne is a Consultant, a retired senior Naval Officer, having graduated from Indian Naval Communications College, INS Venduruthy, and Royal Naval Staff College, Greenwich, UK, and with over 25 years of extensive experience in operations branch of the Sri Lanka Navy in planning and conducting maritime operations, including escort and merchant ship security operations. He has been in senior management in the private sector in myriad of businesses since retiring from military service.
  • Rear Admiral L D Dharmapriya SLN (Rtd)
    RSP, VSV, USP, ndc, psc, MRIN, MNI
    Head of Department, Fishing Vessel Protection Operations

    Rear Admiral Dharmapriya served in the Sri Lanka Navy for over 35 years before retiring in 2006. Thereafter, he served in the Sri Lanka Ports Authority as the advisor on Maritime Affairs. He was later entrusted with the responsibility of forming the Sri Lanka Coastguard, and he successfully set it up in 2011. He was the first Director General of the Sri Lank Coastguard. He retired from the Sri Lanka Coastguard in 2011 and is now the General Manager, Overseas Operations of Avant Maritime Services (Pvt) Ltd.

    Whilst in the Navy, he specialized in Navigation in India, obtaining a 1st class grading. In 1987 he graduated from the Naval Staff College at Naval War College, New port , USA with a distinction and has completed the Executive Course at Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies, Hawaii, USA in 1999. Rear Admiral Dharmapriya has completed National Defence College in New Delhi, India in 2003.
  • Major General Lawrence Fernando (Rtd)
    RWP RSP USP ndu psc
    Head of Department, Weapon Inventory Control

    Formerly the Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army and overall Operations Commander of Colombo, Western Province and Central Province, Competent authority of High Security Zones including Colombo International Airport, Petroleum Refineries, Electricity Power Generation Complexes and Sri Lanka Parliamentary Complex, Major General Lawrence Fernando is now in the senior management of Avant Garde Maritime Services (Pvt Ltd. Prior to being Chief of Staff of the Sri Lanka Army he has functioned as General Officer Commanding in 56 and 51 Infantry Divisions, Director General General Staff at Joint Operations Headquarters, Commandant of Army Command and Staff College, Director General General Staff at Army Headquarters, Director General Infantry, Colonel of the Gajaba Regiment, Chairman International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights Core Group in Sri Lanka, Chairman Sri Lanka Army Sports Control Board, Commandant of Sri Lanka Army Volunteer Force.

    Major General Fernando has a Senior Defence Management qualification from Indore University, India and a Master's Degree in Strategic Defence Studies from National Defence University, China.
  • Major General VR Silva (Rtd)
    RSP VSP USP ndu IG
    Head of Department, Agreements, FSA, Air/Sea Transportation of Weapons

    Major General VR Silva (Rtd) RSP VSP USP ndu IG is the Head of Department, Agreements, FSA, Air/Sea Transportation of Weapons. He has Thirty Five years of service in the Regular Force of Sri Lanka Army; has served in all parts of the country in different capacities, particularly in the North and East in combating of terrorism since 1978 until the completion of humanitarian operations in May 2009.

    He is a graduate of the prestigious military institute of National Defence University-Beijin, Peoples Republic of China. He obtained his Diploma in Security and International Studies at Asia Pacific Centre for Security Studies- Hawaii in the United States. He is also qualified as an Instructor/Staff Officer at School of Artillery ? Maharashtra, India.

    On his retirement from the Regular Force of SL Army, he assumed duties as Commissioner General Prisons and served as the Head of Prison Department for Two and Half Years. His new innovations of establishments of Juvenile Offenders Training Centre at Ambepussa and Convicted Mothers and Child Rehabilitation Centre outside prison premises at Kalutara are some of the rehabilitation work, which had not been there before.
  • Commander Nanadana Diyabalanage SLN (Rtd) WWV
    Head of Department, Commercial Vessels and Floating Armoury Operations

    Commander Nanadana Diyabalanage, WWV, is the Head of Department, Commercial Vessels and Floating Armoury Operations. He is a retired senior Naval Officer, having graduated from Indian Naval Communications College, INS Venduruthy, with over 20 years of extensive experience in operations branch of the Sri Lanka Navy in involving in shore & maritime operations. He was the first hovercraft pilot of the Navy. He had been awarded with the Weera Wickrama Vibhushana medal as a recognition of act of bravery for battles out at sea.
  • Commodore Sudharman Silva
    USP, MCPM, AFNI (Lond)
    Head of Department, Offshore Operations

    Commodore Sudarman Silva is a retired flag rank Naval Officer, with 29 years of extensive experience in operations branch of the Sri Lanka Navy. He has 16 years of sea service. He has Commanded all types of naval vessels in Sri Lanka Navy including Fast Missile Vessels ,FMV, OPV, LST & Gun Boats. He was the first Port Facility Security Officer at port of Galle & PFSO for port of Colombo too. He is an Anti Submarine Warfare Specialist (ASW). He had served the Directorates of  Administration & Personnel as the Director & Directorate of Projects & Plans as the Deputy Director. He had served as Deputy Area Commander too.
  • Cdr. Anura Ariyaratne
    RSP, psc,
    COO, Red Sea Operations

    Cdr. Anura Ariyaratne, RSP, psc, formerly of rank Commander of the Sri Lanka Navy specialized in clearance diving.

    Cdr Anura Ariyaratne joined the Navy as a cadet at the prestigious Sir John Kotalawela University & Defence Academy, Colombo, and graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Science (Mechanical Engineering).  He completed his Master of Science in Maritime at Bahria University, Islamabad, Pakistan, and is presently reading for Master of Science in Management at Sir John Kotalawela University.  He is a qualified clearance diver having followed the arduous course with the Indian Navy in Kochi, India.

    During his tenure in the Navy, he completed his 'Staff Course' at Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore, 'Supervisory Underwater Diving Course' with Pakistan Navy at Karachi, Pakistan, 'Reactivation Program' in US Coastguard Ship Courageous in USA, 'Tactical Boat and Small Boat Operations Course' in the US Navy in Norfolk, USA, 'Maritime and Humanitarian Law Course' conducted by the British Royal Navy, and 'Explosive Ordinance Disposal Course' conducted by the US Navy.

    He also is trained in ISO 9001-2000 standard and preparation of Quality Manual and Internal Auditing at Sri Lanka Standards Institute, and completed Human Resource Management Course at Sri Lanka Institute of Development Administration (SLIDA) and General Management Course at SLIDA.
  • DIG (Rtd) Liyanage Padmasiri

    DIG (Rtd) Liyanage Padmasiri, having graduated from the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka with a Bachelor of Arts degree, joined the then Ceylon Police in May 1971.  Having risen through the ranks of, ASP, SP Grade II and SP Grade I, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector of Police in February 1999.

    He followed the 'International Command Course' at Royal Malaysia College, 'Advanced Physical Security Programme' at Physical Law Enforcement Training Centre, ILYNCO, Georgia, USA, and 'International Human Smuggling and Crime' course with the KGB in Russia.

    He retired from the Sri Lanka Police after a distinguished career spanning over 3 decades and is now a consultant at Avant Garde Maritime Services.
  • DIG (Rtd) Peter Ronald Goonetilleke

    DIG (Rtd) Peter Ronald Goonetilleke, studied at the prestigious St Peter's College Colombo and joined the then Ceylon Police in July 1968 as a Sub Inspector.  Having risen through the ranks of IP, ASP, SP Grade II and SP Grade I, he was promoted to the rank of Deputy Inspector of Police in January 2004.

    He functioned as Personal Security Officer to H.E. the President of Sri Lanka, and was in charge of Special Investigations Department, Deputy Director of Special Branch, and Director Investigations in charge of Bribery & Corruption Commission of Sri Lanka.

    He retired from the Sri Lanka Police after a distinguished career spanning over 3 decades and is now a consultant at Avant Garde Maritime Services.