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Tuesday, February 08, 2011 - 5.38 GMT

SL team inspects facilities for ferry service


A high-level nine-member team led by Additional Secretary, Ministry of Ports, Anura Jayawickrama, arrived at Tuticorin Port on Monday to inspect the amenities established for passengers on the premises for ferry service, which is expected to commence on March 1, in line with the agreement reached between India and Sri Lanka.

The furnished passenger terminal was inaugurated by G.K. Vasan, Indian Union Shipping Minister, on January 24.

The team expressed satisfaction following the visit, told Chairman, Tuticorin Port Trust, A. Subbiah to The Hindu.

A consortium of Flamingo and Tradex Shipping has agreed to operate ferry service, stated The Hindu. Tuticorin Port is geared up with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) and also equipped with an array of Closed Circuit Televisions to increase the surveillance.

Besides, Electronic Access Control System has been installed at the port. Personnel of bomb detection squad are also in place. Two patrolling boats will be engaged at the sea round-the-clock to enhance security.

The Navy and Indian Coast Guard personnel will monitor operations at sea, Mr. Subbiah said.






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