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Euphoria in southern group of isles after induction of MV Coral Queen
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Port Blair
26 Jun 2017

Ship passengers of these islands, particularly the southern group of  islands, went euphoric after the formal induction of  the 450-pax capacity vessel, MV Coral Queen, into service on Monday. The Directorate of  Shipping Services had entered into an agreement with  Castle Ships Travel Pvt. Limited, a Mumbai-based company, to charter a 450 passenger RoRo ship, MV Coral Queen. The vessel has been deployed to ply in the southern group of islands mainly the far-flung locations like Campbell Bay, Nancowry, Little Andaman and the Car Nicobar Islands.
The Lt Governor, A&N Islands, Prof. Jagdish Mukhi, formally inducted MV Coral Queen into service by cutting ribbon and participating in the  puja rituals. The Member of Parliament, Mr Bishnu Pada Ray, the Chief Secretary, A&N Administration, Mr Anindo Majumdar, the Chairperson PBMC, Mr Eswar Rao, the Adhyaksh ZPSA, Mr Jaydeep Kumar Dey, the Secretary Shipping, Mr S.C.L Das and other senior officers of the Administration were present on the occasion.
The Lt. Governor along with the officials went round the ship and was briefed about the facilities available for the passengers on board. The total passenger capacity of the ship is 451 comprising Deluxe (12 pax), Cabin (64 pax), Bunk (281) and Seats (94) besides facilities like cafeteria, recreational room, dining room and medical bay etc. for the passengers. The vessel is fully air-conditioned with better passenger amenities and has a cargo capacity of 100 Ton.
The Lt Governor also interacted with the passengers on the ship’s maiden voyage to Hut Bay. He assured that the newly inducted ship will make regular trips to southern group of Islands including Hut Bay. He informed that the islanders will witness more improvement in shipping sector. The Lt. Governor further said that four  more vessels of 150-200 passenger capacity built in Goa are ready to sail for Port Blair, once the weather is fair. Once inducted, it will further augment the Inter –Island shipping service.
The Coral Queen, carrying the  logo of “Beti Bachao - Beti Padhao” on ship side, will also be the harbinger of gender justice and equality on high seas. The passengers whole-heartedly thanked the Lt Governor and the Administration for chartering the vessel to ease the difficulties being faced by the people in the Southern Group of Islands.
The Coral Queen, a 1996 built vessel with a passenger capacity of 451 and with cruising speed of 12 knots, is especially chartered for service to the Southern Group of Islands. It has deadweight of  500 tonnes and is also capable of transporting 100 tonnes of cargo to remote locations.