Cruise planned for TN destinations

Our Bureau Chennai | Updated on October 09, 2014

A passenger cruise service connecting Ennore in north Chennai with tourist destinations such as Mahabalipuram, Puducherry, Kanyakumari and Rameswaram is being conceptualised, according to MA Bhaskarachar, Chairman and Managing Director, Kamarajar Port Ltd.

The Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation too has shown interest in the cruise service, he said at the inaugural session of a two-day conference on ‘Approach to Integrated Maritime Systems’ (AIMS) organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (Southern Region) in association with the National Maritime Foundation.

The idea germinated from the Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari asking major ports to look at cruise shipping to decongest the roads. KPL will shortly call for expression of interest to identify companies that can operate the cruise, he told BusinessLine.

Bhaskarachar said KPL has entered into an agreement with the Puducherry Government to develop a port there. A special purpose vehicle will be formed to develop the port that will have two or three berths to handle clean cargo, containers and cruise vessels. While the government will provide land, KPL will invest in port development, he said.

Published on October 09, 2014

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