Colombo Dockyard will deliver the largest vessels in its history of shipbuilding, a 400 passenger cum 200 tonne cargo vessel for the Administration of Union Territory of Lakshadveep, India.
This vessel will be deployed to cater to the increased traffic en-route from the Cochin to Lakshadveep islands as well as in the inter-island routes. The addition of these vessels will ease the movement of passengers especially during peak season, said Colombo Dockyard Managing Director and CEO Mangala Yapa.
The vessel designed by a Norwegian design company G.L Noble-Denton- Brevik, is with 100 meter length and 70 meter beam.
The total cost of the vessel is US$ 28 million and trials will commence shortly in order to deliver it to India on April 28.
The accommodation spaces in this vessel will consist of private space, office space, sanitary space, catering space and mini hospital storage area among others. The passengers will have different categories of accommodation.
This vessel meets all international standards including standard certification of International Marine Organization.
All passenger compartments will be fully air conditioned using an air conditioning system consisting of central air handling unit and refrigerating plant, designed on the basis of environment friendly refrigerant chilled water system.
Earlier, the Dockyard built two passenger vessels; MV Arabian Sea and MV Lakshadveep Sea and delivered them to India.