Mumbai Port Trust has invited Expression of Interest for licensing out selected anchorages and landing points for operation of a floating hotel as well as floating restaurants within the port limits of Mumbai Harbour

For the floating hotel, the port trust has earmarked C-2 (Charlie-2) anchorage and landing points at Ferry Wharf-2, in south-central Mumbai, from where guests and materials will be transported to the ship and back.

Similarly, Girgaum Chowpatty (Beach), Gateway of India and Ferry Wharf have been selected for setting up floating restaurants. The landing and boarding points for these locations are being finalised.

The EOI has been invited to gauge the market potential, technical capabilities, and technical and financial viability of the projects.

Mumbai Port Trust has stated that it will not bear any cost or expenses incurred by the firms in connection with the preparation or delivery of documents, including cost and expenses related to site visit.

The floating hotel, or ship, may be operational for eight months in a year i.e. fair weather season. During monsoon, an anchorage off ferry wharf would be allowed as a shelter. Land for operating the floating hotel will be allotted for a period of 11 months. The license may be extended for five more terms of 11 months each with 4 per cent increase at the time of each extension by mutual consent and at the discretion of Mumbai Port Trust. Each renewal will be a fresh license. The vessel will be anchored at a designated anchorage in Mumbai Harbour and will not be permitted to cruise within the port limits, without specific approval for reasons of safe navigation etc.

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