President Mahinda Rajapaksa declared open the Dikkowita fisheries harbour today(18). It is reportedly the largest fisheries harbour in Asia.
The harbour has an administration building, auction building, fish processing units, six cool rooms, a net and a glass fiber repair building, a general store with fire fighting equipment, crew amenities, a canteen, fuel and water facilities and a slipway.
‘This harbor will help increase the fish harvest due to efficient handling operations’, said Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Minister Rajitha Senaratne.
It will reduce the sailing distance and waste due to spoilage. The Dikkowita fisheries harbour will provide a large number of direct and indirect job opportunities and attract local and foreign investments in fisheries, he further said.
The Dutch government has provided EUR 53 million for the fisheries harbour and BAM International was awarded the contract for the design and construction of the fisheries harbor in Dikkowita situated about 10 kilo meters north of Colombo.
A special Project Implementing Unit (PIU) will oversee the functions of the fisheries Harbour on behalf of the Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development Ministry.
The new fisheries harbour stands on an 8.1 hectare area and has 11.7 hectares for the harbour basin. It is designed to handle a daily catch of 125 tons of fish per day.