Two ships to be built under ‘Make in India’ scheme

Port Blair
16 Jun 2017

The Union Minister of State for Shipping, Road Transport & Highways, Mr Pon Radhakrishnan cut the first steel plate of Ship No. 23, while Mr N K Premachandran, Member of Parliament cut the first steel plate of Ship No. 24, both 1200 passenger-cum-1000 tonne cargo ships contracted to be built for the Andaman & Nicobar Administration on Tuesday.
In his address, Mr Radhakrishnan reiterated the commitment of the Ministry of Shipping towards the major expansion programmes undertaken in Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL). In his welcome address, Mr Madhu S Nair, C&MD CSL, thanked the Ministry for the role it played in arriving at a contract for building these vessels by including this under ‘Make in India’ scheme.
The vessels are being designed and built as passenger vessels with electric propulsion system suitable for carrying 1200 passengers and 1000 T cargo for all weather operation on the mainland to A&N Island route in India and to be designed for operation as Class III special trade passenger ship engaged on international voyage. These vessels are provided with ‘Safe Return to Port’ - SRtP notation, which provides redundancy for the vessel to reach the nearest designated port, even in case of an exigency.
The basic design of  these vessels are by a Kochi based ship design firm M/s SEDS who have teamed up with reputed designers ‘Knud E Hansen’ of Denmark. The vessels have been model-tested in MARIN, the Netherlands. CSL is currently building two passenger-cum-cargo ships for the island territory, with 500 passengers and 150 T cargo capacity, which are progressing satisfactorily.