Cargo traffic between the mainland and the islands is catered mainly by the vessels, which fall in the following two categories:
(i) Govt. owned ships
(ii) Private Motorised Sailing Vessels(MSVs)
The cargo mainly flows from Mainland to Islands. The small quantity of cargo that moves from islands to mainland mostly consist of coir, copra and dried tuna fish known as “Mas” and is transported by private Motorised Sailing Vessels. A major portion of cargo is being transported by MSVs as more than 100 MSVs calls Lakshadweep islands per year.
At present the administration is having four Cargo Barges and one Oil Barge exclusively for transportation of cargo. The Oil Barge of 60MT capacity is generally stationed at Kavaratti as an oil storage vessel to cater to bunkering requirements of Inter Island Ferries operating from Kavaratti. Presently the Cooking Gas Cylinders are transported in Cargo Barges. However, vessels exclusively for this purpose is proposed to be acquired shortly. Following is a chart which explains the quantity of cargo transported to islands in Metric Tonnes during the last five years.
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