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A ferry is a boat service used to carry passengers, and sometimes vehicles and cargo as well, across a body of water. Most ferries operate regular up and down services. A passenger ferry generally carry passengers from one port to another port.

Ferries is a public transport for many waterside cities and islands. It is must lower in cost as than bridges or tunnel. Ship connections between larger distances is called ferry services, especially if they carry vehicles.

Under the connectivity project of Sagarmala, Starting Ro-Ro services between the ferry jetty in Mumbai and Dharamtar, and Karanja in Uran and Rewas in Alibaug, construction of 23 jetties and terminals, creating 46 navigation channels, and dredging for 35 passenger jetties.

RORO ferry service, Gujarat
A Ro-Ro services has been started in Gujarat. It will reduce the traveling time between the two places from 6-8 hours to 1-1.5 hours and is first of its kind in India, it will be able to carry up to 100 vehicles (cars, buses and trucks) and 250 passengers between the two ports. The ro-ro ferry services are made to carry wheeled cargo that are driven on and off the ferry on their own wheels or using a platform vehicle. The wheeled cargo includes, cars, trucks, semi-trailer trucks, trailers, and railroad cars.

A ‘roll-on, roll-off (ro-ro)’ service was inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi between Ghogha and Dahej in Gujarat on Sunday. The ro-ro ferry will make use of the Gulf of Khambhat between peninsular Saurashtra and South Gujarat.

The term ro-ro is generally reserved for large ocean-going vessels. The vessels have either built-in or shore-based ramps that allow the cargo to be efficiently rolled on and off the vessel when in port. This is in opposite to the lift-on and lift-off (lo-lo) vessels, which use a crane to load and unload cargo.

Mumbai ferry service
A ferry service between Kalyan and Vasai in Maharashtra is going to be sarted which will reduce the travel time between the two cities by 70 minutes. The first ferry from Kalyan-Thane to Vasai is expected to start from December and would cover a distance of 47-kilometre between the two places.

The Inland Water Transport will to be implemented in three phases, the first phase will cover the area between Vasai to Thane to Kalyan, the second phase will be implemented from Thane to Mumbai, and the third phase will be from Thane to Navi Mumbai. In the first phase, it will cover a distance of 47 kilometres and reduce the travel time between the two cities from two hours to just 70 minutes, will be termed as National Waterway 53.

Rahul Joshi
(Maritime Expert)