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Scotia Prince: Ferry service between Tuticorin and Colombo launched

Chennai, 14 June 2011: India and Sri Lanka resumed passenger ferry services from today with the launch of a ferry service using the ship 'Scotia Prince'.

The ferry Scotia Prince will transport people from Tuticorin (Tamil Nadu) to Sri Lankan captial Colombo. The ship has nine decks with a capacity to accommodate 1,200 passengers.

Scotia Prince will ferry travellers two days a week ie it will leave Tuticorn on Monday and Friday evenings and leave Colombo on Wednesday and Sunday evenings. Another vessel by Sri Lanka is expected to start service soon. The journey time is 10 hours (one-way). One can travel to Sri Lanka or back for a price of Rs. 2000 in economy class or Rs. 14,000 in high class.

Earlier ferry services between Rameshwaram to Mannar in Sri Lanka was active till 1983 when it was ended due to LTTE threat.

The ferry service is expected to boost the tourism sector of Sri Lanka. Currently India is the source for maximum number of tourists to Sri Lanka.

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