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* Colombo Dockyard signs agreement to build two ships for Lakshadweep
Tue, Aug 30, 2011, 11:40 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Aug 30, Colombo: Colombo Dockyard, the shipbuilding and ship repairing facility in Sri Lanka has signed an agreement with India's Administration of Union Territories of Lakshadweep to build two passenger-cum-cargo ships.

Dr. Syed Ismail Koya, Director, Port Shipping and Aviation of Lakshadweep and Mangala P.B. Yapa, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Colombo Dockyard have signed the agreement in the presence of the Lakshadweep Administrator, Amar Nath, The Hindu Business Line reported.

The vessels to be built by Dockyard can carry can 400 passengers and will have 200-tonne cargo capacity. First of the two ships is to be delivered in 2 years and the second 4 months after the first.

The ships are used to ferry passengers between India's Cochin port and the Lakshadweep territory. The journey takes between 14 to 20 hours.

The company built and delivered two ships last year to the Lakshadweep administration.

Dockyard delivered MV Arabian Sea, the first of two passenger-cum-cargo vessels ordered by the Lakshadweep Administration on the January 15, 2010 and the second vessel MV Lakshadweep Sea was delivered on October 28, 2010.

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