KOCHI (Metro Rail News): The keel-laying ceremony of Kochi Water Metro’s first boat was held at Cochin Shipyard on Tuesday. Kochi Metro is constructing a hybrid electric catamaran ferry with a capacity of 100 passengers.
The traditional keel-laying ceremony is universally recognised and one of the most important events in the construction of a vessel. It marks the beginning of a significant construction phase. Olden days, the construction happens around the keel, while in modern times, the date signifies a substantial process in the shipbuilding. Classification rules of the boat apply as on the date of Keel is laid.
“The boat is finally taking shape. We are glad about the progress. Construction of terminals as well as that of the boat is progressing well. We are looking forward to inaugurating the Water Metro’s operations in early 2021.” said Additional Chief Secretary (Special Projects) Alkesh Kumar Sharma IAS, MD KMRL.
Thiruman Archunan, Director (Projects) KMRL, Suresh Babu N V (Director-Operations) Cochin Shipyard, Shri. V J Jose (Director Finance) Cochin Shipyard and other officials attended the event.