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M.V.Kavaratti, 700 Passengers cum 200 T Cargo Vessel built for the Union Territory
of Lakshadweep was handed over to the Union Territory on June 27, 2008.

 

The all-weather passenger ship, m.v. Kavaratti, built for the Lakshadweep administration by Hindustan Shipyard, Visakhapatnam, will make its maiden voyage to the islands in the first week of August, 2008.

The Rs.173-crore ship, the largest passenger vessel ever built in India, is 120 Meter long and has a speed of 17 Knots. The ship can carry 700 passengers and 200 tons of cargo.
The ship has world-class facilities like a 152-seater cafeteria, 100-seater dining hall, Recreation room, gymnasium and a very large airspace to enhance passenger convenience on-board. The ship is fully Air conditioned by centralized air-conditioning system and has been built to world class standards.

Ship facilities include three independent Galleys, Halls, Recreation place with a swimming pool and helipad. The ship has 200 first class seats and 200 second classes.

The ship was designed and built by Hindustan Shipyard Ltd (HSL) located in the port city of Visakhapatnam on the East coast of India. HSL is a fully owned Government of India Undertaking, under the Administrative control of the Ministry of Shipping, Road and Highways.

According to Rear Admiral Ajit Tewari, the HSL Chairman and Managing Director, M.V.Kavaratti is a fine piece of work created by our workforce. This is the first of its kind built by any yard in the country with own designing. The vessel has 300 km of wiring and 50 km of pipeline with delicate craftsmanship which typify the scale in which it has been built.   [View Enlarged Ship Image (226 KB) Here]

The ship and its size and ability, for which the islanders had clamoured for nearly two decades, is expected to ease transportation problems of rough seas especially during the monsoon. The ship is being scheduled to ferry the passengers between the islands and the mainland at Kochi.

                                                                             Ship Based Tourism, Lakshadweep

Lakshadweep is one of the worlds most spectacular tropical island systems. Thirty- two sq. km of land spread over 36 islands surrounded by 4200 sq. km of lagoon rich in marine wealth. The precious heritage of ecology and culture is supported by an extremely fragile ecosystem.

Though all the islands are endowed with the beauty of coral reef, sandy beaches, unpolluted and clear water and hospitable settings, most of these differ in terms of facilities and services offered. The islands are forced to support independent infrastructure and amenities and import almost all requirements to develop such facilities besides items of daily need.

The thrust is on promoting ship based tourism at affordable rates and the administration's efforts in the regard have met with great success. The operation of passenger ships requires rigorous monitoring of facilities on board, embarkation at Kochi and disembarkation at the islands. The facilities onboard require regular upkeep especially toilets, cabins, lounges that add great deal of pressure. The embarkation is now a temporary arrangement by Cochin Port and a special gangway is on anvil for Lakshadweep ships ; the disembarkation also has to be organised on the high sea, as the ship cannot enter the lagoon. The passengers are transferred on small boats and brought to the island jetty, which is a cumbersome exercise requiring great deal of monitoring and supervision.

The boats, vessels and ships of Lakshadweep Administration especially of Lakshadweep tourism carry the names of Island territories having great ecological value. Some of the names are MV Tinnakara, MT Suheli. Tinnakara and Suheli are uninhabited islands in Lakshadweep archipelago and are known for their outstanding beauty and bio-diversity. Naming the vessels as above carries the message of ecology for all the tourists as well as islanders.       

                                                    
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