- By Nithya Solomon May 29, 2020
M.V Nicobar, the first passenger vessel after a gap of 53 days sailed from Chennai Port to Andaman yesterday with 87 number of passengers.
The weekly passenger service between Chennai and Andaman was suspended due to the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic. After detailed discussion with the officials of Government of Tamilnadu, Chennai Port Trust and Andaman Administration, it was decided to resume the services from 28.05.20. The standard operating procedure was strictly adhered under the supervision of the officials of Port Health Office, Tamilnadu State Government including Greater Chennai Corporation and Chennai Port Trust.
Sheltered waiting facility was provided outside the Port gates for the passengers arrived from various parts of the city. The assembled passengers were advised to keep social distancing of 1 meter per passenger. Thereafter, they were transported through MTC buses to the cruise terminal in batches of 20 passengers per batch for ensuring the social distancing.
On Arrival at the passenger terminal they were asked to keep their baggage in the earmarked area for disinfection. After disinfection of the baggage they were asked to undergo thermal screening one by one. Sufficient sanitization facilities have also been provided at the entry gate of the cruise terminal. Passengers were then subjected to scanning using infrared static thermal scanner at the terminal to ensure their normal temperature readings before allowing them to board the vessel. Each passenger has been provided with refreshment, water bottle and lunch pack sponsored by the Greater Chennai Corporation.