Jan 17, Colombo: Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa Friday will declare open the Dikkowita Fisheries Harbor constructed at a cost of Euro 51 million (Rs. 850 million).
The Dikkowita Fisheries Harbor project, commenced in 2008, has been funded by a soft loan of Euro 41 million from the Government of Netherlands, HSBC Bank, and the government of Sri Lanka.
The Dikkowita Fishery Harbor was constructed to replace inadequate berthing facilities at various locations in the Negombo lagoon so that local fishermen can get to open water without having to negotiate the Hamilton Canal.
BAM International of Netherlands has handled the construction of the harbor which has been built in compliance with international standards.
The new harbor, consisting of two terminals for local and international operations, is designed to handle a daily catch throughput of 125 metric tons of fish.
The port basin of the harbor spans a breadth of approximately one kilometer with two breakwaters and a quay wall. The harbor basin with a depth of more than six meters could berth 500 vessels in both piers.
The harbor has facilities for bunkering shipping vessels with four ice plants, cool rooms, and fuel sheds, a large fish processing area, a large canteen, a fish net repairing facility and remote control operated boat lifting facility.
In addition it has an office building, a fish auction hall, crew quarters, a ship repair slip, parking space for large containers and vehicles, a wastewater treatment plant and a special waste disposal system.
The new harbor is equipped with modern conveyer belts to minimize post-harvest loss and to ensure high quality exports.
The Managing Director of Ceylon Fishery Harbor Corporation, Lal Samarasinghe has said that the harbor would bring in valuable foreign exchange and would also help Sri Lanka to be self-sufficient in fish products.
The Director has pointed out that the close vicinity of the harbor to the Katunayake international airport is advantageous to the foreign trawler operators.