Sri Lankan dockyard delivers ferry to Lakshadweep islands
EconomyNext – Colombo Dockyard Friday delivered the second of a pair passenger ferries for India’s Lakshadweep islands, the biggest vessels Sri Lanka has built so far.
The 1,200 deadweight tonne MV Lagoons can carry 400 passenger and 250 tonnes of cargo and is identical to MV Corals delivered by the yard in October 2014.
Both ferries will be operated by the Administration of the Union Territory of Lakshadweep to move passengers and cargo from main land India to the Lakshadweep Islands.
Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena was the chief guest at the handing over of MV Lagoons, his office said.
The operation of the latest vessel will further ease congestion and provide uninterrupted service for passengers and freight from Cochin to Lakshadweep islands which generally takes around 20 hours, it said.