New ship to be deployed in Chennai Port Blair route

2022-07-07 13:22:41 Shipping News

The state owned Cochin shipyard has delivered the second passenger vessel Nalanda which will be deployed in Chennai/Kolkata to Port Blair sailing route. The vessel has been handed over to the Andaman administration which is running the shipping service between mainland ports to Andaman Nicobar archipelago.

The service is strategic and crucial since the entire essential requirements of the Andaman islands are provided from Chennai and Kolkata Ports. A three day sailing from Chennai to Port Blair got extended by a day due to the poor running conditions of the ships deployed in this route.

Several representations were given by the islanders to replace the obsolete ships but a decision was taken recently to replace the aging ships and orders were placed with the Cochin shipyard. Nalanda is capable of carrying 150 tons of cargo along with the passengers

Manned by a 60-member crew, the vessel is provided with deluxe cabins, first-class cabins, second-class cabins, bunk class and eating class that can accommodate a total of 500 passengers. The vessel is equipped with a modern cafeteria, recreation rooms, gymnasium and library besides other modern amenities meant for passengers and tourists. 

The ship Nalanda can sail at a speed of 16knots and can reach Port Blair from Chennai within 72 hours.

The shipping service between Chennai and Port Blair is once a fortnight. A similar service is operated from Kolkata. 

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