Bringing back nostalgic memories between Colombo and Tuticorin, the Indian luxury cruiser “Scotia Prince” reaches Colombo. The vessel which left Tuticorin last afternoon docked at the Colombo Harbour this morning further strengthening the friendly ties between India and Sri Lanka.
The ceremony to welcome the vessel at the Colombo Harbour was held under the patronage of Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardena, India’s High Commissioner Ashok K. Kantha and Chairman of the Ports Authority Dr. Priyath Bandu Wickrema.
Deputy Minister Abeygunawardena said this is a significant occasion in Sri Lanka’s history as well as India. The ferry service launched today is equipped with all facilities which are also available in Star Class Hotels and the passengers feel they are not in a vessel. The Deputy Minister was optimistic that Sri Lanka could also deploy a vessel at an auspicious time in this manner to India very soon.
The Indian High Commissioner said that in June 2010 when President Rajapaksa visited India an agreement was reached with the Indian Prime Minister to resume traditional linkages between the two countries, including the ferry service, connecting Rameshwaram and Talaimannar and Tuticorin and Colombo for pilgrims or business people or ordinary tourists. He was hopeful that before too long they would be able to launch a ferry service between Rameshwaram and Tallaimannar.
It is after a gap of nearly three decades, the Indo-Lanka ferry service has resumed. The Sri Lanka Shipping Corporation is proud to commemorate its 40th anniversary along with such outstanding service. It is also the realization of the Mahinda Chinthana. This is also another step in efforts made by Sri Lanka to become the regional fishing hub. The passenger transport service between Colombo and Tuticorin is a strength for Sri Lanka’s advancement towards becoming Asia’s Miracle.
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.