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India’s first full-fledged global cruise terminal in Kochi

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  • Published
    15th Feb, 2021

Context

  • The country's first full-fledged international cruise terminal, Sagarika at Cochin Port is inaugurated.

Sagarika cruise terminal

  • The Facility has been inaugurated at Ernakulam wharf in Willingdon Island.
  • Major Port:The Cochin Port Trust has catered to the requirements of major cruise operators in the industry and port sources.

Features

  • It will cater to one lakh international cruise guests annually.
  • The construction cost of 25.72 Crore.

Benefits

  • Facilities at port: A dedicated terminal will provide all statutory clearances, including Customs and Immigration, for cruise passengers.
  • Passenger friendly amenities:Other amenities included walk-in-berthing, assured quality bunkers, and freshwater services.
  • Speeding up clearance process:It will bring under one roof personnel of Customs, Bureau of Immigration, and CISF.
  • Promotion of local culture:Its commissioning will see the revamping of the wharf, an area to stage traditional art forms, and the availability of ATMsand food kiosks on the premises.
  • Boost in tourism and revenue generation: It will help in tourism promotion and revenue generation for the economy.
  • Employment opportunities: Cruise terminal operation will generate direct and indirect employment.