The Shipping Corporation of India is launching a new passenger service between Nagapattinam, India and Kankesanthurai Port, Jaffna in Sri Lanka. The collaboration between the Shipping Corporation of India, the Indian High Commission, and the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Aviation aims to strengthen the historic ties between the two nations. The service will be operated by the High-Speed Craft (HSC) Cheriyapani, with the first call at Kankesanthurai Port scheduled for October 6, 2023.
The new passenger service is expected to provide a cost-effective travel option for people in India to visit Jaffna, Sri Lanka. The transit time between the two ports will be only three hours, and operators are offering a baggage allowance of 50 kg to make the trip more economical. The passenger ships will be handled at a recently built passenger terminal by the Sri Lanka Ports Authority, which cost Rs. 450 million and opens up new opportunities for sea travel and tourism in the northern region.
Asha Agencies Ltd., the local representatives of the SCI, will serve as the general sales agent for the new passenger service. This collaboration not only enhances connectivity between southern India and northern Sri Lanka but also promotes tourism and strengthens the bilateral relationship between the two nations.