Tuticorin ferry service gaining ground
The Colombo, Tuticorin passenger ferry service (Scotia Prince) is
gaining popularity and plans are underway to increase the service. This
ferry service commenced last June and is operated twice a week. “Since
we see a growth we are looking at increasing the service to three per
week,” Flemingo Liners CEO P.K Thimmaya said.
The ‘Scotia Prince’ ferry service now popular.
Speaking to Daily News Business, he said the service which ferried
150 is now taking over 300 passengers. The cargo sector too has shown
Many Sri Lankans and Indians including traders and students are
patronizing this ferry service to get to one point from another.
He said the ferry service is helping to increase tourism between Sri
Lanka and India and it has also opened a new market for the two
The service is operated every Monday and Friday from Tuticorin and
every Wednesday and Sunday from Colombo.
The travel time between Tuticorin and Colombo is about 12 to 14 hours
and the vessel could accommodate 1100 passengers. It could also carry
300 tonnes of cargo.
The service also allows a maximum of 100 kg for economy cabin
passengers and 200 kg for deluxe passengers.
They are being provided an attractive package with meals and
entertainments for passengers. ‘Scotia Prince’ is the most luxurious
affordable ferry passenger service between Tuticorin and Colombo
offering 317 cabins including 11 first class and two suites.
In addition to that there are many facilities including a Broadway
lounge and restaurant, to accommodate 200 to 250 people, medical
facilities and others available in the ferry service. A world class
casino with all amenities will be fully functional inside the ship which
will be for use of the passengers would be introduced soon to this
“Since the fare is very attractive less affluent people too can now
travel,” he said.
Flemingo Liners, a subsidiary incorporated by Flemingo Duty Free Shop
(Pvt) Ltd is the latest venture in its quest towards business excellence
and constant effort to be a pioneer and maintain its position as the
largest duty free operator in India.
Flemingo leased out the Scotia Prince vessel to boost tourism between
India and Sri Lanka and also restore trade links between both countries.
Sea passenger transportation between the two countries is being
established consequent to the joint declaration last year after talks
between Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and Indian Prime Minister
Dr Manmohan Singh during President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s official visit to