BAM International has been awarded a contract for the design and construction of the fishery harbour in Dikkowita, Sri Lanka, some ten kilometres north of Colombo.
Client is the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources of Sri Lanka. Royal Haskoning is the Client’s Engineer. The contract value is approximately €44M. BAM International will start on site this month and completion is to be expected in two years.
The harbour will provide direct access to the sea for the local fishermen who now have to use the Hamilton canal and Negombo lagoon. The harbour and its facilities will replace inadequate berthing facilities at various locations and provide high standard facilities to increase the export possibilities.
The harbour will be approximately one kilometre long and the harbour basin is formed by two breakwaters at the seaside and quay walls at the landside. Designed to handle a daily catch throughput of 125 tonnes fish per day, the harbour will include an administration building, auction building, a net and glass fibre repair building, a general store with fire fighting equipment, crew amenities, a canteen, fuel and water facilities and a slipway.
The project is financed by an ORET grant from the Dutch Government and an Atradius covered soft loan provided by HSBC and supported by ORET. The total support of the Dutch Government via the ORET program for this project is approximately EUR 17 million.
The PUM Netherlands Senior Experts organisation provides capacity development services for the new Dikkowita Fishery Harbour organisation to Ceylon Fishery Harbours Corporation, who will operate the port.