Ferry Kochi _ Colombo
My Sri Lankan friend told me last spring that there will be ferry service to India soon and it look's like taht will be happening.
Decks cleared for Kochi-Colombo ferry service
Express News Service
First Published : 07 Sep 2009 12:41:00 AM IST
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KOCHI: A journey to Colombo from Kochi through the sea route will soon become a reality. The Cochin Port Trust is awaiting an official communication from the Centre in this regard.
The proposal to start a ferry service between Emerald Island in Sri Lanka and Kochi, mooted at the SAARC Transport Ministers’ meet in Sri Lanka, gained momentum after the Union Ministry of Shipping gave green signal for the project.
“The Cochin Port Trust is awaiting an official communication from the Centre in this regard. It is learnt that the Central Government is also keen to commence a ferry service between Kochi and Colombo. If the Central Government takes a decision in this regard, the Cochin Port Trust will make all the necessary arrangements,” said Cochin Port Trust Chairman N Ramachandran.
He said that it would not be difficult for the Port to handle passenger ships as Lakshadweep- bound passenger vessels and luxury cruise liners are currently calling at the port.
“The port can provide facilities for embarkation, disembarkation and emigration to passengers,” he said.
It is learnt that the ministry has decided to invite expression of interest from private companies for operating the service as the Shipping Corporation of India(SCI) does not operate vessels for ferrying passengers, except to Andaman Island.
At the SAARC Transport Ministers’ meet held in Sri Lanka, a proposal was also put forward to start a ferry service from Colombo to Tuticorin as part of the initiatives to strengthen trade and promote social and cultural exchanges among the SAARC countries.