Passenger Ferry Services and Terminal Facilities

Passenger Ferry Service

After the Cabinet approval for commencement of passenger service between India and Srilanka in the recent past, an MoU was signed between India and Srilanka for operation of Passenger Ferry Service between Tuticorin- Colombo and Rameshwaram and Thalaimannar. Commencement of the passenger service shall give a boost for Tourism Development, Business, Trade and Cultural Development of both Countries. The distance between Tuticorin - Colombo is about 152 nautical miles. It would take approximately 10 - 12 hours to cover the distance.

Based on the direction by the Ministry of Shipping, the Tuticorin Port Management has created appropriate infrastructure for the proposed Passenger service, Priority berthing, exclusively for Passenger Ferry Vessel has been arranged at Additional berth I (Berth No.5) and 9th Berth.

Elaborate discussions with all the stake holders have been conducted to understand the statutory requirements and passenger requirements to augment the facilities.

Passenger Terminal Facilities

The Passenger Terminal spread over an area of 3816 sq.m. Consists of the following amenities

  • 300 Sq.m. Hall for arrival passengers
  • 710 Sq.m. Baggage halls for outgoing (Departure) Passengers
  • 4 cabins for immigration formalities
  • 4 Counters for Customs Checking
  • 612 Sq.m. Customs waiting halls
  • 516 Sq.m Customs examination hall
  • 70 Sq.m. VIP Lounge
  • Facilities for modern canteen, Launch/Snack bar, hall for cabin passengers, agent's room
  • Facilities for Medical Examination and First Aid
  • Facilities for Child Care
  • Fire Fighting Equipments
  • Officers cabin for Immigration, Customs, CISF, and Public Health & Port Authority
  • X-ray baggage screening facilities
  • Rest Rooms for Men & Women
  • Communication and Public Address facilities
  • Camera Surveillance system
  • Uninterrupted power supply system
  • Separate parking facility