Radhakrishnan reviews functioning of Cochin Port Trust

Sunday, Sep 11, 2016,11:46 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Minister of State for Road Transport, Highways and Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan has reviewed the functioning of Cochin Port Trust and assured support for promoting cruise tourism.

He appreciated the initiatives taken by Cochin Port to implement RFID-based Gate Access System and online berth allotment system towards facilitating trade and enhancing efficiency, an official statement said today.

He noted that with the waiver of penal interest, the creditworthiness of Cochin Port has been enhanced, allowing it to vigorously pursue new projects.

The minister expressed keen interest in the cruise tourism promotion activities of Cochin Port. He assured support for the new cruise terminal project planned at Ernakulam wharf to accommodate cruise vessels in the most professional manner comparable to international standards.

He also noted that the prospects of domestic cruise tourism, with cruise ships home-porting at Cochin, are high.

There are new opportunities for Cochin Port with prospective cruise liners showing interest in the Colombo-Cochin-Male-Colombo circuit, and circuits connecting Mumbai and Male, calling Cochin enroute, it added.