Cochin Port already has a cruise passenger facilitation centre, ‘Samudrika’ at BTP, developed with the financial assistance from the Ministry of Tourism, GoI and the Tourism Department, GoK. However, the BTP has an LOA restriction of 260 m for ships. In order to cater the larger size cruise vessels and its passengers, Cochin Port is now developing an International Cruise Terminal inside Ernakulam Wharf area, meeting the functional and service requirements as per the Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) issued by Ministry of Tourism.
The project includes construction of a Terminal building having an area of 2253 m2with connected facilities such as electrification, fire fighting arrangements, HVAC, security system including data network, signages, counters for immigration, customs etc. and upgrading / retrofitting the existing Q8 berth surface for about 225 m length and its back up area upto and around the cruise terminal building. The project estimated cost is Rs.25.72 crores.
Ministry of Tourism had sanctioned funding of Rs.21.41 crores for the project and the facilities are expected to be ready by February, 2020.
On completion of project , following facilities will be available in the Terminal.
- Fully air conditioned hall
- Passenger lounge
- Immigration and Emigration counters (48 nos.)
- Customs clearance counters
- Security check/ counters
- Queue managers
- Parking lots for buses, Cars
- Prepaid Taxi counters
- Commercial space for Cafeteria, Duty free shopping etc.
- Baggage scanners, Trolleys, Buggies .
- PA System
- External Toilet block
- Mobile charging facilities / laptop plugging
- Sign boards