The 400 capacity passenger ship M.V.Corrals safely berthed in Andrott wharf on 10th August 2019 creating history in Lakshadweep.
|| Elsie Gabriel
The ship has been already successful in berthing at other islands of kavaratti, Agathi,Amini, Minicoy on the eastern side jetty areas. The port of Androth is unique in a way because it doesn’t have lagoons, it’s in a East West position so in the monsoon season there is no covering of North West wind unlike other islands.
Presently, at Andrott, Lakshadweep, this passenger ship is berthed and successfully operated it’s disembarkation and embarkation of passengers safely, with the dynamic captainship of Capt. Stalin along with the team of engineers and crew on board M.V. Corrals.
The ship sailed from Kochi on 9th August 2019 as per the schedule to cover Andrott, Kavaratti, Amini, Kadmat and back to Kochi on 12th August.
Earlier the small passenger ships like MV Amindivi, MV Minicoy and Cargo ships used to berth and discharge cargo and passengers on this break water wharf which was under construction by the LHW, Dept of Port Shipping & Aviation for more than two decades. Further extension works of this project wharf of about 100 meters will also be finalized in two phases after administration and defence clearance requirements with an estimate of Rs. 7 crores, it is said. When these works are completed all the big vessels can safely berth on this wharf and will be operational in all seasons, it is learned. This long pending dream see’s a successful operation in the future where many more larger ships could also enter Andrott. The people of Andrott along with the Sub Divisional Officer accorded a warm reception to Capt. Joseph Stalin and the crew on the wharf and expressed gratitude towards the great effort for berthing the ship at Andrott for the first time in twenty years or so approximately.
The Lakshadweep islands keep an eye strictly on the balance of their biodiversity and conservation while trying to progress in the areas of development.