The Sri Lankan government has entered into a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to launch a ferry service connecting Tuticorin in India to Kankasanthure and Colombo in Sri Lanka. This MOU was officially signed during the International Maritime Conference held in Mumbai, India last week.
Additionally, two Indian shipping companies have inked separate agreements to support and maintain this maritime service.
The Indian Shipping Company, which will spearhead the operation, aspires to commence service as soon as adverse sea conditions between India and Sri Lanka subside.
The company’s executive director has stated that the ferry service will primarily transport goods and passengers, with a focus on supporting commercial activities.
The ferry route is set to operate between the V.U. Chidambaranagar port in Tuticorin, India, and the ports in Kankasanthure and Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Simultaneously, both the Indian government and the Indian Shipping Company aim to reactivate a previous passenger ferry service linking Thalaimannar in Sri Lanka to Rameswaram in India.