Essar Bulk Terminal Ltd (EBTL), part of ports business of Essar,
said that a new cruise route from Hazira
to Diu was launched from its passenger ferry terminal at Hazira Port, thus
revolutionizing coastal transportation across the western coast of India and
giving a boost to coastal tourism for the people of Gujarat.
Following the WHO guidelines for Covid-19 precautions, Shri
Mansukh Mandaviya, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Ports, Shipping
and Waterways & Minister of State for Chemicals & Fertilizers,
Government of India flagged off the Ferry service at passenger terminal in
Hazira through virtual presence.
The development of cruise
tourism has been the prime focus of the Government said minister Mandaviya
Commenting on the launch, Shri Mansukh Mandaviya, said “The
development of cruise tourism has been the prime focus of the Government under
the guidance Prime Minister Narendra
Modiji. In 2014, there were around 1.07 lakh cruise passengers in India per
annum which was 4.63 lakh per annum in 2019-20. The cruise calls to
Indian ports was 139 and 445 for these periods.
This will also open up many
opportunities for the tourism sector of Gujarat as well said the Minister
We are taking all-round steps to create perfect ecosystem for
cruise industry. The passenger ferry service has seen a giant leap with
the development Hazira as a cruise tourism hub. This will also open up
many opportunities for the tourism sector of Gujarat as well.”
“Since inception Essar has been involved in the development of
Indian Maritime Sector and it continues to do so.” said Mr. Prashant Ruia,
Director, Essar Capital.
The ferry services are
being operated by SSR Marine Services Private Ltd
JAI SOFIA “Mumbai Maiden”, a state of the art cruise cum passenger
ferry vessel with a capacity of 300 passengers will now sail in the inaugural
route from Hazira to Diu. The vessel has all the facilities on board and
provides a bouquet of services on board. The ferry services are being operated
by SSR Marine Services Private Ltd
This is a big milestone for
us said Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director – Essar Ports Ltd.
Speaking on the occasion Mr. Rajiv Agarwal, Managing Director –
Essar Ports Ltd. said, “This is a big milestone for us… It is part of our
strategic plan to reduce congestion on roads, cut fuel consumption and limit
air pollution. In future we would like to add more services and connections
which will reduce the time of travel and at the same time minimize impact on
environment. The new route to Diu will serve as an outlet for recreation for
the people of Gujarat and boost the Cruise/ Ferry sector in Maritime Space”.
As the world learns to live with the pandemic, EBTL has made
arrangements to launch the ferry services and shall follow World Health
Organization recommended guidelines to ensure that the ferry operations are
done in a safe and healthy environment.