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Dear Mr. Rodrigues,
At the outset let me thank you for the keen interest shown by you in the projects of MPT. Your feedback will be invaluable in helping us to decide the correct course of action.
May I point out that mention of using the facilities at MPT for hosting vessels of foreign navies, visiting ports in
You may like to peruse our recent letter to Mr. Gianni Onorato of Costa Cruises,
Looking forward for your continued interest and cooperation in implementing MPT projects.
Dear Mr. Gianni Onorato,
Sub: Promotion of Cruise Shipping at
Ref: Possibilities of M/s Costa Home Porting a
In continuation of my email of 9.4.2010, I would like to inform that the issues raised by you have received our due consideration. We at MPT are of the view that there is a distinct possibility of ‘Mormugao Port Trust’ and ‘Costa’ working out an arrangement for home porting of a cruise vessel in Mormugao-Harbour,
2. To begin with, I must inform that we have already started construction of two non-cargo berths in our Breakwater area. The first is a Finger Jetty kind of structure, on the Mole of the Breakwater. This finger jetty will be 270 mtrs. long and 22 mtrs. wide. Water depths at the Jetty are planned to be (-) 10 mtrs. below CD to begin with, and can be increased to (-) 12.5, if required. This berth will be capable of berthing ships throughout the year, on both the northern and southern sides of the quay, though the northern side may not be a very stable position during 3 months of the monsoon from June to August, every year. The southern side of the Berth will be absolutely safe throughout the year, though there may be some restrictions in berthing and un-berthing, due to constraints of space.
3. Another berth is being constructed on and along the existing Breakwater itself. This berth, on the leeward side of the Breakwater, i.e. in the mooring basin itself, will be 400 mtrs. long and 28 mtrs. wide. The water depth is planned to be (-) 10 mtrs., but can as well be (-) 12.5 mtrs. for at least 300 mtrs. of this berth on the northern side. A passage of 8 mtrs. width on the western side of this berth will be used as a road for serving the berth on the Mole described above. Once again, due to constraints of space, the berthing and unberthing operations may be a little slow, but they are surely possible. This berth will be absolutely safe and protected throughout the year. Approximately, 100 – 120 mtrs. on the southern part of this 400 mtrs. long berth, will be made available to the Indian Coast Guard for home porting their service vessels on a dedicated basis.
4. The entire Breakwater area of
5. The above facility, i.e. construction of the berths, completion of the 4-Lane road connectivity, etc. , will be fully functional by March 2012.
6. To begin with, the
8. With time,
9. From your mail of 3.3.2010, it appears that some adjustments in port tariffs are required for taking into account the declining cruise selling prices, and helping the survival of the business. Your wish list is as follows:
Volume discounts, long term agreements, rebates on passengers taxes and port dues, more efficient port services suppliers, better performance on environmental and fresh water plants, less obsolete rules on compulsory tugs. These are just few examples of the actions we are looking for.
9.1 A preliminary reading of the above gives the impression that
10. Incidentally, may I also point out that Goa is the only state in
11. Further clarifications about the specific water areas in which gaming activities can be carried out by international cruise liners will have to be sought from the Government of Goa.
12. Nevertheless, the point remains that if a cruise vessel were to home port at MPT,Goa or even if it were to transit to and fro from any international port , there would be no fear of violation of the public gambling laws, or harassment of any kind, so long as the necessary license has been obtained from the Govt. of Goa. Thus, Costa could perhaps organise “Cruises to Nowhere”, i.e. when the cruise ship leaves
13. In my understanding, exciting possibilities exist, and with the construction of the proposed infrastructure,
14. I know that there is still lack of clarity on many issues, and many creases need to be ironed out. One important area would be a reasonable agreement on tariffs between Costa and MPT. These issues are for us to take forward.
15. I await further response, if any from you side.
With Best Wishes,
Mr. Gianni Onorato,
M/s. Costa Crociere S.p.A,
Via XII Ottobre 2,