India Cruise Lines Association (INCLA) lauds 70% berthing charge reduction
Close on the heels of the Indian Government permitting cruise ships to start sailing in India in October, comes yet another welcome boost to help the industry get back on its feet.
The Shipping Ministry recently announced the reduction in port tariff rates ranging from 60% to 70% for cruise ships with effect from 14th August 2020.
There will be an immediate reduction in port charges for the Cruise Industry in line with the Indian Government policy to support the economy post the COVID- 19 pandemic.
Commenting on this development, Jurgen Bailom, Chairman, INCLA said: “The current upheaval caused by the pandemic has resulted in several challenges and has adversely affected tourism and the cruising sector.
“While we eagerly wait to begin sailing in November, the Shipping Ministry’s announcement to reduce berthing charges to promote tourism increases our optimism and confidence that our industry will get back on its feet in no time at all.”
He further added: “The cruise industry appreciates the efforts, and is indeed grateful for this initiative, which no other country has implemented so far by such a margin. This news comes as a breath of fresh air.
“We are confident that the travel industry will bounce back, with a few adjustments in the post-COVID-19 world where global travel restrictions and changing consumer preference will provide the impetus to domestic tourism. As we all prepare to start cruising operations in November this year, we will rise to the occasion and create greater value for all our customers.”
The Ministry of Shipping has rationalized tariff rates for cruise ships whereby which the net effect of the rate relaxation would be an immediate reduction in port charges ranging from 60% to 70%.
There has been an increase in the number of calls made by cruise ships in India from 128 (2015-16) to 593 (2019-20).