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Thursday, January 30, 2020 

The first of the two 1200-passenger, plus 1000t cargo, vessels under construction at Cochin Shipyard Limited (CSL) for the Andaman & Nicobar Administration has been launched at CSL’s Kochi yard.

The vessel is designed for high quality passenger transportation with electric propulsion suitable for 'all-weather' operation on the Mainland to A&N route. The ship is built to the highest standards of the Indian Register of Shipping and LR, overseen by the DG Shipping of India and meets the requirements of 'Class III Special Trade Passenger Ship' as per Indian Merchant Shipping rules. The steel-built ship complies with latest 'Safe Return to Port' (SRtP) rules, thought to be a first in Asia.

With a speed of 18 knots, the ship combines speed with comfort and has a complement of 104 staff. It is 157m long, and after fitting out and sea trials, will be handed over in 2021.

This ship is part of a four-vessel order, two to this design and two smaller, 500-passenger plus 150t cargo inter-island ferries, placed with CSL by the A&N Administration. The two smaller ships are said to be in an advanced state of completion at CSL, the first being scheduled to undergo sea trials next month and expected to be delivered ‘ready-for-service’ for the A&N islands in March 2020. The sister vessel is currently undergoing outfitting and will be ready for delivery to the islands in June 2020.

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