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Cochin Shipyard signs MoU with Andaman and Nicobar administration for ship repair operations at Port Blair

The state 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 Nicobar islands.

The Andaman and Nicobar island administration and the premier shipping yard of the country at Cochin have recently entered into a Memorandum fo 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.

The local 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 ship from the mainland ports of the country Chennai and Kolkata regularly ply to the islands carrying supplies.


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