The construction of the Nilwella Harbour is part of a larger project in Sri Lanka. A $10.67 million International Fund for Agricultural Development-funded project, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Fisheries, helped construct 13 fishery landing sites and two anchorages. The project was developed in the aftermath of the 2004 tsunami, which destroyed much of the fishing infrastructure and damaged the livelihoods of thousands of fishermen.
UNOPS worked closely with Government to shape and implement the construction efforts. The project benefits over 100,000 people across the country.
The Nilwella Harbour includes: breakwaters, a quay wall, an administration building, a weigh bridge, fencing, a security depot, an ice maker, fuel storage and dispensing systems, and a fresh water storage and dispensing system.