17th March 2012, www.sundaytimes.lk
The ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo is expected to resume either by March end or in the first week of April, A. Subbiah, Chairman V. O. Chidambaranar Port Trust was quoted by the Hindu.
Efforts are being made by the port agency, vessel operators and other stakeholders to resume the ferry operations between the two countries.
Most probably, it would resume before April 14, Mr. Subbiah expressed hope.
The international ferry service between India and Sri Lanka after Union Minister of Shipping, G.K. Vasan, flagged off the service at the VOC Port. A nine-deck ‘Scotia Prince,’ the passenger vessel chartered by Flemingo Liners twice a week between Tuticorin and Colombo and vice-versa, stopped its voyage abruptly during November, 2011 for some technical and operational reasons.
The problems encountered by the operators had been addressed and they had also submitted a commitment letter to the port authorities, which indicates the early resumption of the ferry service.
As many as 12, 240 passengers boarded the vessel on journey until its last voyage on November 18, 2011, Mr. Subbiah said.
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