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Indo-Lanka ferry service resumes strengthening ties

Jun 13, 2011 12:11:08 PM - itnnews.lk

The ferry service between Sri Lanka and India resumes. The First passenger transport vessel was flagged off from the Chidambaranar Port in Tuticorin. It is scheduled to dock at the Colombo Harbour tomorrow. The service was resumed at a special request made by the President. Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena said that the service will operate twice a week. The vessel Scotia Prince is deployed for the transport of passengers. The journey is expected to last 14 hours each way. The vessel ‘Scotia Prince,’ has nine decks with the capacity to accommodate 1,200 passengers. It has 11 first class cabins, two suites, two cabins for travellers with special needs, 169 super deluxe cabins, 22 deluxe cabins and 111 economy cabins. Besides, the vessel has 250-seat Broadway Lounge to host corporate gatherings, banquets and special occasions with multiple options for entertainment, a drive-in-drive-out facility for cars and cargo vehicles and a duty-free shop. The normal fee is 6500.10 percent of this among is charged from a child below two years. The ferry service is expected to give a fillip to tourism and trade and firm up cultural ties.