Mansukh Mandaviya flags off new Hazira to Diu cruise route from Essar’s Ferry Terminal

2021-04-05 12:22:21 Shipping News

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.

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