Maharasthra state maritime regulator,
Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) has planned to contract Roll on/roll
off-Passenger vessel service to operate ferry between wharf Mumbai and Mandwa,
according to a release on 13th Oct.
The selected operator shall be responsible
for total management and operation of Ro-Pax vessel service including
procurement of appropriate vessels, sale of tickets and operation of vehicles
in the marshalling yard, operation of Passenger and Ro-Ro services, collection
of all the revenue from ticket as well as other sources, marketing, security
provision on-board the vessels, etc. The term of services shall be 15 years,
extendable on the basis of performance and as a decided by MMB.
The prospective operator shall procure or
long term hire/charter with all the necessary permissions to ply within inland
waters, suitable vessels for the terminal at Ferry Wharf and Mandwa. The
vessels in operations shall be replaced when operating life of the vessels is
over during the course of executing the services as per the contract.
Approximately 14 lakh passengers travel
each year on the Gateway of India (Mumbai) to Mandwa (Raigad) waterway using
the existing passenger ferry service. Travelling by water transport saves time
and hence the tourists too prefer to use the passenger ferries at the Gateway
of India. Hence, MMB jointly with Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), desires to
introduce a Ro-Pax service (capable of carrying passengers as well as Roll on-
Roll-off) facility between Ferry Wharf and Mandwa.
This facility (Ferry Wharf to Mandwa) will
enable the passengers to travel along with their vehicles which will save
considerable time and fuel. This will help both tourists as well as the local
people by ensuring a faster and also third mode of transportation, in addition
to Road and Railway. This is also expected to improve the hinterland
connectivity and boost tourist activities in the Alibaug and Konkan region.
Further the project will reduce the
congestion on roads and commensurate reduction of vehicular pollution. In this
regard, The Maharashtra Maritime Board (MMB) invites online offers through
e-tendering process from reputed Companies/ Firms/ Consortiums with prior
experience in operation and maintenance of Ro- Pax services. The operator will
have to Finance, Procure, Operate and Maintain Ro-Pax vessels and provide
services on aforesaid identified route.
The route shall be: Ferry Wharf to Mandwa
(approximately 10 Nautical Miles) ‐ for Ro‐PAX ferry service. Minimum depth
expected to be available en‐route and at berth is 3.0 m below chart datum (cd)
MMB/MbPT have decided to first, construct the Ro-pax ferry terminals and
subsequently, consider privatising the terminalís operation and maintenance.
The shore based terminal
facilities at Mandwa including the approach jetty, turning platform, floating
pontoon with link span assembly, mooring dolphins, marshalling yard (for about
130 cars) and terminal building shall be built by MMB. The MMB is in a process
of construction of these facilities and the expected completion period is 18
months by March-2018. Design of these shore based facilities for berthing of
Ro- Pax vessels will be shared with the prospective operator. Further, MMB has
also started construction of a breakwater at Mandwa in order to ensure water
tranquility for faster and safer ferry operations. The shore based facilities
at Ferry Wharf will be constructed by Mumbai Port.