PORT BLAIR, India, 13 July 2020: India’s marine authorities
will build a marina for visiting International yachts and superyachts cruising
the Andaman Islands

Construction on the 50-yacht Marina at Port Blair Harbour a
cruising destination in the Andaman & Nicobar Islands will be completed by
December 2021.

It will be a key element to help the Islands recover from
Covid-19 when vessels are allowed to resume sailing in the region.

With the situation slowly coming under control, the focus
will return to reviving the cruise tourism and yachting. Various new projects
and infrastructural developments across the islands are planned by the Port
Management Board.

“A destination of choice and kick-off to amazing
adventure cruising, currently international sailors and visiting yachts and
superyachts are required to stay at anchorage due to the absence of a dedicated
marina”, explained Asia Pacific Superyachts Andaman Islands head of
operations,  R. Rathnam.

“Now a 50-Yacht Marina is planned for the inner part of the
Port Blair Harbour (Mithakhari) which will provide the required logistics and
repair facilities for the Andaman & Nicobar Islands”.

Organisers of the annual ‘Sail the Andamans’ Yacht Carnival
are enthusiastic about the new marina plans and confident more yachts will
visit the Andamans once it opens.

The marina will include a passenger terminal with complete
facilities to house about 1000 passengers with shops and a food court. The
project has been approved by the Ministry of Shipping and expected to be ready
by December 2021.

There is also a proposal for upgrading the existing
Passenger Terminals at Haddo Wharf and Phoenix Bay to meet requirements for
berthing of international yachts as well as inter-island cruise vessels and
pleasure craft.

(Source: Asia Pacific Superyachts)