To promote India's cruise tourism, the government developed terminals at 4 major ports — Cochin, Mumbai, Mormugao and Mangalore — and also allowed foreign ships to call without licence from Director General of Shipping. Also, a new cruise terminal is under construction at Chennai Port and scheduled to be finished by February 2017.
The Minister said a task force has been constituted jointly by Ministries of Shipping and Tourism for promoting cruise tourism besides a consultant has also been appointed for preparting action plan to identify domestic and international cruise circuits. Gadkari said foreign flag vessels carrying passengers have been allowed to call at Indian ports till February 5, 2024 without obtaining licences from Director General of Shipping.
“To attract cruise liners to make major ports as homeports, the major ports provide rebate of 25 per cent in vessel related charges for coastal cruise movement. This will be in addition to the 40 per cent existing rebate for coastal vessels,” Gadkari said.
Further, walk-in-berthing/preferential berthing is given to homeport cruise without any extra charge, he said.
Also, all major ports provide a minimum 30% rebate across the board on all vessel related charges (port dues, pilotage and berth hire) from the notified scale of rates of cruise ships.