Resuming the India-Sri Lanka passenger ferry service the first ship MV Scotia Prince arrived at the Colombo Port early today (14 ) morning after a 14 hour journey from the Tuticorin port in Tamil Nadu. The distance between Port of Tuticorn and Colombo is 280 nautical miles.
Ports and Highways Deputy Minister Rohitha Abeygunawardana and other Ministry officials were at the Colombo Port to welcome the ship and its passengers to Sri Lanka.
The vessel which will travel twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays and has a capacity of 1,040 passengers and carry 300 tonnes of cargo.
The ferry allows baggage for up to 100 kilograms per person as well as another 100 kilograms at a lower cost compared to air travelers.
Another boat, to start operating soon, is to be run by Sri Lanka's state-owned Ceylon Shipping Corporation.
The old ferry service stopped 30 years ago linked the Indian temple town of Rameshwaram to Mannar, a part of northern Sri Lanka heavily affected by the war.