80 companies keen on running cruise, ferry services

More than 80 companies including Adani Logistics, Shreyas Shipping, Angriya Cruise, Samudra Marine, Esquire Shipping and JM Baxi Group have shown interest in the Ro-Ro, RoPAX, cruise operation and coastal shipping across the country. Some of the players are also keen to run ferry services between Karaikal in Puducherry and Jaffna in Sri Lanka and from Paradip, Vizag and Kolkata to Chattogram in Bangladesh, sources said.

The Sagarmala Development Corporation Ltd (SDCL) under the shipping ministry had recently floated an expression of interest for running such services within the country and also to Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and East Africa. Sources said none of the companies has shown interest in services to Seychelles and Madagascar in East Africa.

The SDCL had identified domestic locations including Hazira, Okha, Somnath Temple, Diu, Pipavav, Dahej, Mumbai / JNPT, Jamnagar, Kochi, Ghogha, Goa, Mundra and Mandvi and six international routes, connecting four international destinations from Indian major coastal port towns for the commencement of ferry services. Sources also said there has been good interest of aviation players for the proposed seaplane services across the country to promote tourism.