VASCO: The Mormugao Port Trust (MPT) on Monday decided not to give permission to cruise ships on a world tour to enter into the Mormugao port in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak even as it was seen as a setback to the tourism in the State.
These measures have been taken as per the Central government's directive, which states the circular of trade notice issued by MPT deputy chairman G P Rai.
The notice further stated that in view of the coronavirus threat, the Government of India has decided that no cruise ship from any foreign destination will be allowed to call on Indian ports. Hence, MPT will not allow any cruise vessel to enter the port till March 31. This trade notice is for the information of all the members of the trade fraternity, their business associates and stakeholders concerned, it said.
The copies of the trade notice have also been marked to the president of the Mormugao Stevedores Association (MSA) and the president of the Mormugao Steamers Agents Association (MSAA), with a request to circulate amongst their members and other business associates.