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The ferry service from shore to Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanniyakumari was initially run by Vivekananda Kendra but the service was discontinued in July 1981 following frequent disputes with local fishermen over the dredging operation. Subsequently, the Sate Port Department took over the operations from October, 1981. Later, as it was considered not advisable for the Port Department, which is a regulatory authority to run a ferry service, the State Government entrusted the operation of the ferry service to PSC with effect from 1984.

The Company has been carrying on the operations since August, 1984 with two motor launches viz. M.L. Tamiraparani and M.L. Bhagirathi, built in 1973 and 1976 respectively, which were transferred from State Port Department. As these launches had become old, one new launch viz. M.L. Vivekananda at a cost of Rs.39 lakhs (fully subsidized by Govt. of India, Ministry of Tourism through the Information and Tourism Department, Govt. of Tamilnadu) was ordered and delivered in May, 1992. About 15 lakhs passengers are ferried between Kanniyakumari Boat Jetty and the Vivekananda Rock Memorial by our launches every year.

From 2nd October 2000, the ferry service has been extended to the “Ayyan Thiruvalluvar Statue” and the fare has been revised from Rs.10.00 to Rs.20.00 with effect from 14.12.2000. Out of this, an amount of Rs.5.00 per adult ticket and Rs.2.50 per children ticket had to be paid to the Tamil Nadu Tourism Development Corporation Ltd. as per Government’s directions. We have provided some amenities to the convenience of tourists viz. permanent passenger queue shed, toilet facilities etc.

On 26.12.2004, the destructive Tidal waves of “Tsunami” caused heavy damage to two launches viz. M.L. Tamiraparani and M.L. Bhagirathi. M.L. Vivekananda which had been built with financial assistance from Government of India, Tourism Department, was washed away by the Tsunami Tidal Waves on 26.12.2004. for replacing the existing two ferries viz. M.L. Tamirparani and M.L. Bhagirathi (30 years old), PSC has placed an order with M/s Kerala Shipping and Inland Navigation Corporation Ltd. for design, Construction and supply of 2 Nos. self propelled Twin Screw passenger Ferries with seating capacity of 150 passengers. The two ferries were named as M.L. Guhan and M.L. Pothigai respectively. M.L Guhan was inaugurated for the use of tourists on 08.06.2008 and M.L. Pothigai was inaugurated for the use of tourists on 19.10.2008.