Tylos Ferry, a shipping company based in Bahrain, will launch a passenger service in June between the Indian ports of Mumbai and Cochin, and the Gulf ports of Umm Qasr in Iraq, Bahrain, Doha in Qatar, Dubai in the USE, and Muscat in Oman. It will be the first sea-ferry link between India and the Gulf in almost 30 years.
Plying the route will be the MV Al-Salam Taba A 5,340-ton ferry with a capacity of 1,891. It will sail twice a month to Mumbai and once a month to Cochin. The journey will take 52 hours from Muscat to Mumbai, while the Muscat to Cochin trip will take 86 hours.
The target market for the ferry service is the expatriate Indian community working in the Gulf. Oman alone is home to 300,000 Indian. — (Albawaba-MEBG)
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