By introducing Catamaran Makruzz MAK Logistics has shown the way the tourism industry needs to be promoted in the Islands.
With the launch of MV Makruzz, a luxury catamaran, Andaman tourism industry has got a shot in the arm. The state-of-the-art craft is soon to be pressed into service between Port Blair and Havelock.
Dedicating the vessel to Andaman tourism industry, Lt Governor Bhopinder Singh expressed the wholehearted support of the administration in enhancing tourism infrastructure in the islands. He was all praise for the three entrepreneurs heading the company MAK Logistics Pvt. Ltd for venturing into cruise tourism. He said the launching of such modern passenger vessel will be an added attraction for the tourists. He also used the opportunity to stress that the administration is not leaving any stone unturned in bringing new tourism projects. He further added that very soon many new projects will be in pipeline. He also requested the management of the vessel to conduct short cruises for school students, which the management humbly agreed to.
The Catamaran Passenger Day Ferry, named M.V. Makruzz, was built in 2002 by Damen Shipyard, Singapore and was purchased by MAK Logistics Pvt. Ltd from M/s. Bintan Resort & Ferries Pvt. Limited, Singapore at a total cost of US$ 2.1 million. The total investment on the vessel including refurbishing and placement cost came to Rs.11 cores, informed Mr Mohammed Jadwet, in his welcome address. The vessel was operating in the premium tourism sector between Singapore and Bintan Island (Indonesia), a distance of 30 Nautical Miles.
Mr. Jadwet also threw light on the various activities of MAK Logistics Pvt. Ltd. The company floated in 2003 had started operations with a cargo vessel and later decided to diversify into tourism sector by acquiring the catamaran to supplement the service currently offered by Govt. boats with a faster and more luxurious facility. He also recollected his moment of pride when the foreign flag was lowered and Indian tri-colour hoisted on MV Makruzz at Singapore port.
Explaining the technical details about the vessel, Mr C S Ashok said that the vessel is 33.04 mtrs long, 10.1 mtrs, broad and 4.07 mtrs deep. It has 2 decks with passenger capacity of 280. With a propulsion power of 4 X 778 KW, it can attain a maximum speed of 28 nautical miles, but will be cruised at approximately 24 nautical miles and is expected to cover the distance between Port Blair and Havelock Island in about 90 minutes.
He also informed that the vessel is registered with Mercantile Marine Department, Kolkata under the Indian Merchant Shipping Act, 1956 and is classed with Lloyds Register of Shipping and Indian Register of Shipping.
The vessel is fitted with approved lifejackets and life rafts in line with class and high speed craft code passenger safety requirements. The state of the art interiors include internationally accepted safety equipments, central announcement system; total of seven television sets including one 29 inch television for Premium class passengers, four 19 inch televisions on both decks and two 14 inch televisions for Royal cabins. The inboard canteen is well stocked and can cater to all age groups; huge transparent dark glass windows that run throughout the entire length of the ship�s lower deck and upper deck seating area enables even the passengers seated at the far end to have a personalized view of the panorama.
The Chief Secretary and senior officials from the administration and private sector graced the occasion and enjoyed the hospitality inside the vessel. Due to inclement weather, the short cruise meant for the guests was put off. Proposing vote of thanks, Mr. Krishnendu Kundu, Director acknowledged the assistance of various organizations involved in the process of induction of the vessel.