owned Cochin Shipyard will soon take up the Operation and Maintenance of the
Marine dry dock at Port Blair besides assisting the Island administration in
setting up a ship repair ecosystem. It will also help in augmentation of the
Marine dockyard and skill development and training schemes of Andaman and
Andaman and Nicobar island administration and the premier shipping yard of the
country at Cochin have recently entered into a Memorandum of Understanding in
this regard. The agreement will help to improve the operational efficiency of
the Port Blairís Marine dockyard and ensure faster turnaround of vessels for
seamless operations in the islands.
population and the islandís economy are heavily dependent on water transport.
The Administration owns and operates around 84 mainland-island and inter-island
vessels for passenger/cargo transport.
While the bigger ships are capable of
traversing the sea to mainland India for repairs, the remaining ships and
vessels are dependent on the facilities at the island for their maintenance and
upkeep, which is handled by the Directorate of Shipping Services through its
marine dockyard facility at Port Blair, said a release The ships from the
mainland ports of the country Chennai and Kolkata regularly ply to the islands