Quick Voyage

Dec 03, 2010 (LBO) – An emerging requirement for fast passenger ferries to link Indian island territories with the mainland could be an opportunity for Sri Lanka’s Colombo Dockyard, a visiting Indian official said. Jitendra Kumar Dadoo, the Administrator of the Union Territories of Lakshadweep, India, said faster passenger craft were needed to transport people between the islands and the mainland much quicker than existing vessels.

“The Indian government and other entities in India were looking for many more vessels,” Dadoo said during a recent visit to accept delivery of ‘Lakshadweep Sea’, the second passenger vessel build by the yard for the Lakshadweep islands.

Her sister vessel, Arabian Sea, was delivered by Colombo Dockyard in January 2010. Both vessels can carry 250 passengers and 100 tonnes of cargo each and have a cruising speed of 15 knots.

Dadoo said the 450 kilometre distance between the southern port of Kochi and the Lakshadweep island territories now takes about 18 hours to cover even by relative fast passenger vessels of the type recently delivered by Colombo Dockyard

“We need for the future vessels capable of doing 40 knots which can do the voyage in six hours – like the Rajdhani r