The passenger ferry service between India and Sri Lanka will be inaugurated with the first vessel leaving the south Indian port of Tuticorin for Colombo tomorrow, officials said yesterday.
The vessel ‘Scotia Prince’ is due to dock at the Colombo Port shortly before dusk on the same day, the officials said.
The nine-deck ‘Scotia Prince’ can accommodate 1,044 passengers and take around 300 tonnes of cargo. The ferry would be operated twice a week to Colombo from Tuticorin by Flemingo Liners an Indian based ferry passenger and cargo company which has obtained the licence to operate the service for seven years, between the two countries, they said.
Tuticorin port is closest to Colombo and is strategically located along the east-west international sea route. Travel time between Tuticorin and Colombo would take 14 hours.
Sea passenger transport between India and Sri Lanka is being established following the Joint Declaration last year between President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.