New Passenger Ship ‘M V Corals’ to Lakshadweep Launched
January 10, 2015 Kochi, ‘Lakshadweep Forum News’
Union Minister of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways, Nitin Jairam Gadkari dedicated the ‘M V Corals’, a new stylish all weather passenger-cum-cargo vessel for Lakshadweep at a function held at Willingdon Island, Kochi on Friday.
The Minister also commissioned the 300-metre-long newly constructed wharf built for handling Lakshadweep-bound vessels at the Port. Speaking at the function after dedicating the new passenger facility for the Lakshadweep, he said the NDA government is committed to the progress and development of the Lakshadweep Islands.
M V Corals has a capacity to carry 400 passengers and cargo and has been built by Colombo Dockyard of Sri Lanka with Norway-based Global Maritime Brevik AS., a world renowned ship design company, at a cost of USD$ 29,260,000 (INR.182 crore). The vessel has 10 first class cabin berths, 40 second class berths and 350 bunks. All the passenger compartments are Centrally Air conditioned.
The overall length of the vessel is 99.00 m; breadth mld – 17.00 m; depth – 9.20 m; and design Draft – 4.20 m. The ship will have top speed of 16 knots and will cover the distance between Cochin port and Lakshadweep overnight. The ship would be operated on the Kochi-Lakshadweep and interisland routes. MV Corals was ceremonially handed over by Colombo Dockyard Plc to Union Territories of Lakshadweep Administration on 28 October. The ship had its maiden trip between Cochin and Lakshadweep last week.
According to Port trust, the dedicated wharf will not only make embarkation and disembarkation for passengers of Lakshadweep more convenient but will also add to overall capacity of Cochin Port to handle Passenger Ships. It was constructed by the Cochin Port, using Rs 37.52 crore allotted under the Plan fund for the Lakshadweep administration.
Lakshadweep administrator Rajesh Prasad, who welcomed the gathering, said that ‘M V Lagoons’, the sister ship of ‘M V Corals’, presently under construction by the same company in Sri Lanka is expected to be inducted into service by next month. ‘M V Lagoons’ is also belong to the the same class as that of M V Corals. Both the Vessel has been designed for the carriage of Passengers and general cargo, between Kochi and Lakshadweep Islands.
“With these all-weather ships in service, along with the existing fleet, operating between Kochi and Lakshadweep, the Lakshadweep administration expects to put an end to the travelling woes of the islanders,” the administrator said.
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