Sri Lanka Dockyard delivers passenger ferry to India

COLOMBO, Oct 28, 2014 (EconomyNext) – Colombo Dockyard has delivered the first of a pair of passenger ferries valued at 29.3 million US dollars each for the Indian government, a contract won after the construction of two smaller vessels earlier.

MV Corals was ceremonially handed over Tuesday to officials of India’s Union Territories of Lakshadweep Administration where the vessel will be used to transport passengers and cargo between the islands and the mainland and on interisland routes.

"This is to date the biggest vessel (size-wise) to be constructed in Sri Lanka," the yard, a unit of Japan’s Onomichi Dockyard Company, said in a statement.

"Once this vessel gets in to operation, it will ease the congestion and will provide uninterrupted service for passengers and freight from Cochin to Lakshadweep islands for a journey which generally takes around 20 hours."

The second vessel is under construction. Each ferry can carry 400 passenger and 250 tonnes of cargo.

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