Surat-Mumbai ferry service will start its operations from Hazira from Friday. Mumbai-based SSR Marine Services has been granted approval by Gujarat Government and shipping ministry to operate cruise vessel between Surat and Mumbai ports.
Sanjeev Aagarwal, chief executive officer of the company told, “The vessel has left from Mumbai and we will start operations between Surat and Mumbai from Friday.”
He said the vessel will be berthed at a private shipping company’s jetty in Hazira. The ferry will depart from Bandra Worli sealink every Thursday around 5pm and arrive at Hazira on Friday at 9am. The same vessel will depart from Hazira on Friday at 5pm to reach Bandra Worli sealink at 9am on Saturday.
“Unlike other ferries, this is a leisure vessel where passengers will have fun and party whole night. We have kept evening timings for departure from both the ports so that people can enjoy whole night” said Aagarwal.
The vessel has a capacity to accommodate 250 passengers on three decks. The twin-screw vessel is fitted with bow thruster to ensure better manoeuvrability and is well equipped with lounge and cabins for comfortable stay.
Ketan Desai, president of Southern Gujarat Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SGCCI), said, “Surat is first in the state to have a ferry service to another state. This is going to give a major boost to tourism. We have requested the state government to restart Gogha-Dahej ferry service at the earliest.”