Kochi: The Cochin Shipyard Limited and the Andaman and Nicobar Administration have signed a memorandum of understanding as part of which CSL will take up the operation and maintenance of the marine dry-dock at Port Blair. The CSL will help the Administration in setting up of ship repair eco-system in the islands, to augment and modernise marine dockyard and also in skill development and training schemes.
The Shipyard has entered the partnership with A&N administration with an objective of sprucing up the operational efficiency of the marine dockyard and to ensure faster turnaround of vessels for seamless operations.
The MoU has been signed on September 25 in New Delhi by Madhu Nair, CMD of CSL and Ankita Mishra Bundela, Commissioner cum Secretary (Shipping) of Andaman and Nicobar Administration. Gopal Krishna, Secretary of Ministry of Shipping, and Satinder Pal Singh, Joint Secretary of Ministry of Shipping were also present. The CSL has earlier signed an MoU with Andaman and Nicobar Administration in December 2016, for repair of large sea-going vessels owned by the island and is already in effect.
The Andaman and Nicobar Islands have a key position in the country's strategic role in the Bay of Bengal and the Malacca Strait....