Cruise Call

July 12, 2011 (LBO) – A cruise liner service between India and Sri Lanka that was to start in early July 2011 has been delayed as government approvals are being awaited, an official said. Ceyline has tied up with Chennai-based AMET Shipping to operate a cruise ship between Chennai and Trincomalee that was also to be used to train cadets of both firms,

“We have asked for approvals to operate out of Trincomalee (in the east),” said Nalin Peiris, group director of Ceyline Shipping.

“Hopefully, it will be granted soon. The authorities have asked for our schedule and details.”

Peiris told LBO they needed to get government approval to operate the cruise service from the eastern port.

Under an agreement between India and Sri Lanka to reopen maritime links between the two neighbours a ferry service is already operating between Colombo and Tuticorin in south India.