CHENNAI: A travel planned months ago by around 700 passengers had gone awry after the Andaman administration’s vessel M V Nancowry suffered snags in its two generators.
Trouble began when the Mercantile Marine Department officials conducted inspection of the vessel when the ship was to set sail. Since two of the generators malfunctioned, the MMD officials refused permission to the passenger ship.
All the 700 passengers were told to disembark, said a port official.
Irked passengers gheroed the Andaman administration office near the Shipping corporation of India office demanding board and lodge facility.
Following the intervention of the Harbour police, the protestors left peacefully.
Port officials said the sudden cancellation has put the Andaman administration in a fix as there is no provision for making hotel arrangements as is the case with air passengers.
“There are around 50 to 60 passengers who are still waiting and efforts are on to provide them with local arrangements,” said the official. The vessel is likely to sail on January 14.