In 2013 the new Dikkowita Fishery Port, about 6 km north of Colombo Port, was opened. The new port serves as operation base and for sheltered berthing of approx. 500 fishing vessels up to 40 m length. Besides existing bridges, the port is accessible via a new bridge crossing the Hamilton Canal. To connect this bridge with the road along the canal, the approach road had to be finished. As an extension of the ORET grant, Royal Haskoning is assisting the Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development (MFARD). Due to the relevant experience with this project and the presence in Sri Lanka, CDR International is subcontracted by Royal HaskoningDHV to carry out the necessary consultancy services.

The consultancy services consist of:

  • review of the design and construction documents;
  • coordination and liaison with MFARD and Road Development Authority (RDA);
  • supervision of construction works & contract management;
  • reporting to ORET.

The approach road will be realised by gabion retaining walls, which also function as embankment along the canal. The road level is raised by earth filling in layers and geotextile is used as filter material in between the gabions and the earth.