Port Wings News Network:
With Indian consumer increasingly become aspirational and experimental, Mumbai Port has embarked upon giving him global experience in its own back yard by replacing cargo movement with cruise vessels and launching water taxis.
Speaking on Day 1 of the Indian Retail Forum organized by Reed Exhibitions, Sanjay Bhatia, Chairman of Mumbai Port Trust, said, “We are following Miami by shifting cargo and replacing it with cruise services at our port. Last year we had 40 cruises calling at our port and with four dedicated berths planned for cruise vessels we hope to see 250 cruise vessels coming in every year.”
Along with Mumbai Port, four other ports are already functional to enable calling of cruise vessels at their ports while the Kolkata will be the sixth port to shortly join in, he said.
As part of developing the Eastern Water Front, Bhatia said, “Princess Dock will now be opened to replicate the Marine Drive view on the east side of the city.”
Marina work is beginning in a month’s time while Water taxis are starting in 2-3 months’ time, he said.