June 13, Tuticorin: India today launched the much-awaited ferry service between its Tuticorin port in Tamil Nadu and Sri Lanka’s Colombo port.
India’s Union Minister of Shipping, G.K.Vasan today flagged off the MV Scotia Prince at V.O. Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin to resume the Tuticorin-Colombo passenger ferry service that has been suspended for 20 years due to the terrorist activities that engulfed Sri Lanka over the past three decades.
The 9-story MV Scotia Prince, making its first voyage to Colombo set sail this afternoon from the VOC port carrying 66 goodwill ambassadors. It is expected to reach Colombo Tomorrow morning at 8 am.
At the event, the Indian Minister has said that it is a historic moment for Indian Shipping, particularly for the VOC Port and Tamil Nadu, since it marked the revival after so many decades of the service started by V.O.C in 1907.
He has stated that this was a fulfillment of a long pending public demand and this would benefit people of both the countries, particularly the Tamil Population besides giving boost to cultural ties, tourism, and trade, a release from Press Information Bureau said.
The Union Minister has expressed hope that the service will help in transforming VOC Port and Tuticorin into a hub for passenger ferry services and cruise shipping.
He said that the government is also working on resuming the Rameshwaram-Talaimanar ferry service which was discontinued in the 1980s.