The state owned Shipping Corporation of India has
recommenced the shipping services from Chennai to Port Blair which it had
suspended on technical grounds for the past few months.
As the vessels plying in this route have become
old and obsolete, they were discontinued recently. Some of the vessels took
three to four days to complete the voyage between Chennai and Port Blair which
should not take more than 48 hours under normal circumstances.
Shipping Corporation of India (SCI) had to suspend Chennai-Port Blair services
due to the vessel having technical issues that were not rectified in time in
order to give a seamless service to the trade that SCI is known for.
SCI has now fixed 350 TEU Combination carriers MV
MCP Linz capable of carrying general passengers, reefer containers and break
bulk cargo to operate in this route. The ship sailed from Chennai Port to Port
Blair on December fifth
National Carrier is committed to this service with the intention of providing
an efficient and seamless service to the local trade and in the interest of the
The vessel will be performing voyages between
Chennai and Port Blair with a round voyage of 8 days, said a release. SCI has
been operating vessels from Chennai and Kolkata to Port Blair. The islands which
are a crucial naval asset o the country is totally dependent on supplies from
Chennai and Kolkata for survival.