22th to 24th of May 2018

India will build the first vessel with public money

Cochin Shipyard Ltd, the governmental Indian shipyard, has begun with the construction of four passengers and cargo boats for the administration of Andaman and Nicobar Islands helped by the naval construction initiative “Make in India” governmental support.

Two of these vessels will have a capacity of 500 people and 150 loading tons and, and the other two will fit 1,200 people and 1,000 loading tons. They will full fill all national and international regulations and will be equipped with electric-diesel floors and azimuth screws.

The smaller vessels, which building has already started, will be able to sail in any sea conditions, and they will be assigned for the service between islands from North to South of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. They will occasionally do some trips between islands and the Continent. The construction of the major capacity vessels will start next June and are expected to be delivered in 2020. They will meet the Continent with the islands and will be able to make international trips.

The construction progress is being closely followed by the committee formed by members of Cochin Shipyard, the shipping Corporation of India and the Andaman and Nicobar administrations. The president of the committee is the Minister of Maritime affairs of the country.