Inviting Expression of Interest (EOI) For Passenger Ships and Cruises Connecting Kerala to the Middle East/GCC

Replies of queries as part of EoI Consultation Meeting held on 27-03-24:Download

The Middle East, particularly the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region, has long been a second home to many Indians, with Kerala boasting a significant expatriate community of 1.89 million as per the Kerala Migration Survey 2018. Regular travel between Kerala and the GCC, often involving family members, is a common occurrence among Non-Resident Keralites (NRKs), leading to a surge in air travel rates, especially during peak seasons, with ticket prices exceeding INR 50,000/- per ticket in recent times.

Recognizing the need for accessible and efficient transportation options, the Kerala Maritime Board is actively exploring the development of passenger ships and cruises along Kerala's vast 590 km coastline. With one major port and four fully functional non-major ports—Azhikkal, Beypore, Kollam, and Vizhinjam—compliant with the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS code), Kerala offers a conducive environment for maritime operations. Furthermore, Vizhinjam and Beypore have Integrated Check Post (ICP) status, and Kollam port is expected to obtain ICP status shortly.

Passenger ships and cruises present an appealing alternative for the Indian diaspora, particularly NRKs, offering not just transportation but also leisure and entertainment options. These vessels can cater to a wide range of preferences, from simple and affordable travel decks to luxurious cruise experiences, all within the same ship. Additionally, they offer the advantage of accommodating larger luggage and even unaccompanied cargo.

In line with this vision, the Kerala Maritime Board (KMB) is soliciting Expressions of Interest (EOI) from competent firms with expertise in operating Passenger Ships/Cruises/Vessels/Inland vessels or with relevant experience for the exploration of Passenger Ships/Cruise opportunities between the Middle East and Kerala. This EOI is issued with the concurrence of the Ministry of Ports, Shipping, and Waterways (MOPSW), Government of India, and the Government of Kerala.

To explore this exciting opportunity to associate wit KMB, prospective firms with expertise in passenger/cruise ship operations can download the EOI document from here:Download

Join us in revolutionizing travel between Kerala and the Gulf, creating seamless connections and unforgettable experiences for millions of Indian expats, including NRKs and tourists alike. Together, let's embark on a journey towards enhanced connectivity, convenience, and maritime excellence.

Survey among prospective Passengers to understand the interest in travelling by ship between Middle East and Kerala

A survey to understand the needs of passengers who prefer to travel between Middle East and Kerala by Ship is being conducted. For attending the survey, please click the link Survey in English / മലയാളത്തിലുള്ള സർവ്വേ

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