Lifeline For Islanders
sector is the lifeline for the people of these islanders and it has made
discernible progress in providing mobility to men and material between
Mainland-Island on one side and Inter Island on the other. The Directorate
of Shipping Services (DSS) is responsible for manning, maintaining and
operation of the vessels owned by the Administration. The Department is
presently providing Shipping services to 29 of the 36 inhabited Island.
The Shipping is the main mode of transportation for passenger and cargo between Mainland-Island and the only mode between the Islands. The department has been able to achieve regular service in almost all the sectors.
The DSS presently operates 71 vessels in four sectors. These are
(a) Mainland -Island Sector: To provide service between Port Blair and Kolkata/Chennai/Vizag;
(b) Inter Island Sector: To provide services between Port Blair and the distant group of Islands;
(c) Fore Shore Sector: To provide services between Port Blair and near by Islands;
Harbour Ferry Sector: To provide services within the sheltered
water and narrow creeks by ferry vessels.
Presently 5 Nos Passengers-Cum-Cargo ships are operating in the
Mainland-Island Sector to meet the requirement of the Islanders. The
Directorate provides regular Shipping Services to Chennai, Kolkatta and
Visakhapatnam as follows:-
Port Blair-Chennai-Port Blair voyage is routed via Car Nicobar once in a month and via Campbell Bay once in two months. Port Blair-Kolkatta-Port Blair voyage is routed via Mayabunder once in a month.
The Inter-Island Service is maintained by deploying 4 passenger vessels
and 5 cargo vessels. In addition 2 vehicle ferries and one oil tanker are
also utilised while all the bigger passenger vessel are operated with the
help of SCI, the cargo vessels and tanker are operated by local crews. The
ship make voyage to Diglipur in North and to Campbell Bay in South. During
rush period Mainland vessels are also pressed into service to cope with
the traffic demand in the southern group.
the first time Car Nicobar is connected with Port Blair on a fixed
schedule ferry services. On every Friday vessel leaves Port Blair for Car
Nicobar via Hut Bay and leave Car Nicobar via Hut Bay to Port Blair on
Saturday. Similarly regular daily service has been introduced in Port
Blair-Hut Bay sector.
This service is operated between Port Blair and near by Islands like Neil,
Havelock, Long Island, Kadamtala, Strait Island and Rangat by
smaller vessels of the Administration. At present there are 11 vessels
operating in this sector of which 10 owned by the Directorate, and MV
Ramanujam owned and maintained by SCI. One vessel is operated between Port
Blair and Havelock exclusively for Tourist 6 days in a Week. Fast boat is
also introduced in Port Blair-Rangat-Port Blair route once in a week.
Department is also introduced fast boat service once in a week to Port
Blair-Havelock-Strait Island-Long Island-Rangat and back.
Inter-Island Passenger-cum-Cargo and
cargo ships carry most of the cargo for Inter Island Sector. The
department has Five-Cargo Vessels exclusively for carrying cargo there is
also a small oil tanker of 100 Ton Capacity for supplying diesel to nearby
Harbour ferry services are available at Port Blair and in four different Islands in Kadamtala, Mayabunder, Diglipur and Nancowry. In Port Blair service connects Phoenix bay, Chatham, Junglighat, Bamboo flat, Hope town, Dundus point, Mithakhari, Viper Island. There are three major routes in Port Blair and an average 45 trips are operated in these routes. Ferry services are available between Long Island and Yeratta in Middle Andaman and Mayabunder and Kalighat in North Andaman.
In Nicobar district, Harbour ferry services are available between
Katchal and Kamorta, Champin, and Munak. At present 23 vessels are
operating in this sector.
Vehicle ferry services are provided
in selected routes like Chatham–Bamboo flat, Phoenix bay-Bamboo
flat, Kadamtala (Uttera jetty), Baratang (Gandhighat jetty),
and Middle strait (Nilambur jetty), Altogether 11 vessels are operated in
Apart from passenger and cargo
services, this departments under takes utility services like
transportation of water to remote Islands/Ships, casuality evacuation of
Govt. personnel to uninhabited Island etc.
The Marine Dockyard is one of the oldest and largest workshop in these islands.
It has number of workshops which include Marine shop, Plating shop, Welding
shop and moulding machine to carry out the repair of all departmental
vessels except those maintained by SCI. The department has two drydocks
eight slipways. All the departmental vessels are repaired by the Marine
Dockyard. In addition limited drydocking facilities are provided to Navy,
Coast Guard, SCI & Private vessels.
No. 75 passenger cum 50 ton cargo vessel being constructed by M/s Alcock
Ashdown (Gujrat) Ltd., delivered.
No 75 passenger cum 50 ton cargo vessel being constructed by M/s Goodwill
Engineering Works, Pondicherry delivered and inducted into service.
Agreement executed and signed on 8-4-03 between M/s ABG Shipyard
Ltd Surat and A & N Administration for construction and delivery of
one 500 pax vessel at a cost of Rs. 83.00 crores with delivery period of
Contract agreement was executed on 8.7.03 with M/s Gulf Craft Ajman, UAE
for construction and delivery of one rescue boat (Special Passenger
emphasis has been laid in 10th Five-Year Plan for linking remote Islands
with others to provide better and effective Shipping Services. To meet the
challenge of increasing traffic demand in these areas, the Shipping Dept.
kept plan provision for acquisition of 24 additional vessels during 10th
Plan. These vessels will have better on board passenger's facilities and
higher speed upto 16-18 Knot. These vessels are proposed to be deployed in
different Islands. It is also intended to connect Southern group directly
Directorate of Shipping Services