Colombo Port City Development

The ambitious Colombo Port City Development Project is building on reclaimed land to extend and expand the Sri Lankan city. Creating both business and housing districts, this is one of the most significant projects of its kind in the region.
Colombo port city development

Project facts

  • Client
    CHEC Port City Colombo
  • Location
    Sri Lanka
  • Challenge
    Acting as Employers Quality Representative for the marine aspects of the Colombo Port City Development Project.
  • Solution
    Design reviews of reclamation works.
  • Period

Royal HaskoningDHV was selected as the Employer’s Quality Representative to oversee the marine works.

The challenge

Creating this groundbreaking city expansion involves many diverse activities. The main construction elements are:

  • Land reclamation (c. 270 ha)
  • Offshore Breakwater structure (c. 3250m length)
  • Edge revetments, quays and seawalls
  • Artificial beaches
  • Submerged groyne
  • Inner breakwater structure
  • Submerged sand barrier structures
  • Basic Marine Infrastructure (basin, quays, revetments)
  • Sheltered Lagoon (Inner water area and canal)

The challenge was to ensure that each element was well designed and inspected at every step to achieve the overall project objectives.

The solution

Royal HaskoningDHV was selected as the Employer’s Quality Representative (EQR). The responsibilities of this role include carrying out design reviews of the reclamation works.

The result

Royal HaskoningDHV performed design reviews of the shallow quay walls, breakwater structures and revetments plus the marine infrastructure works.

A particular emphasis was placed on the adequacy of the design parameters and data and confirming the technical specifications of the various design packages.

Royal HaskoningDHV also delivered technical supervision, flagging quality issues on site during the construction and ensuring these were addressed. The EQR role was completed at the end of 2020 and the project continues its positive progress.

Eric Smit - Maritime Business development Director


Maritime Business development Director