Getting there by sea

MV Swarajdeep - marine vessel for Andaman Nicobar Islands

If you looking to travel to Port Blair by a ship, here is a clarification – This SHIP is not a cruise liner. It has no entertainment facilities on-board and takes 3-4 days to reach Port Blair.

Main Sea Port: Haddo Wharf port, Port Blair

Ships availaible from: Regular passenger ship services are available to Port Blair from Chennai,  Kolkata,Visakhapatnam and back.

There are three to four sailings every month from Kolkata and Chennai to Port Blair and vice-versa. There is one sailing for Visakhapatnam in a month. The voyage takes about 3-4 days (50-60 hours ideally) and the ship normally berths at Port Blair for about two to four days.

Ship Schedule: Normally sailing schedules are announced one month in advance for the Mainland–island sector,5 days in advance for the inter-island (for the southern group of islands ie. Port Blair – Nicobar, Nancowry, Katchal, Campbell Bay) sector and 3 days in advance for the foreshore sector (Port Blair – Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Neil, Havelock, and Hut Bay)

Ticket booking:

  • How?

Tickets can be booked for any of the above vessels at the STARS (Ship Ticketing Advance Reservation System) Counters of the Directorate of Shipping Services, A&N Administration. These are available at Chennai, Port Blair, Diglipur, Mayabunder, Rangat, Havelock, Hutbay, Car Nicobar, Nancowry and Campbell Bay.

  • Where? 
  1. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
    Apeejay House, 4th Floor, Dinsa Wacha Road, Mumbai – 400020
    Tel: (022)2822101/2823316 Fax: (022) 2022438
  2. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
    Shipping House, No. 13, Strand Road, Kolkata – 700 001
    Tel(033) 2482354, 2488013 Fax: (033) 2482035, 2480377
  3. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
    Jawahar Building, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001
    Tel: (044)25231401 Fax: (044)25231218
  4. The Asst. Director of Shipping Services
    A&N Administration, 6, Rajaji Salai, Chennai – 600 001
    Tel: (044) 25220841, Fax-(044)25226873
  5. The Directorate of Shipping Services
    A&N Administration, Phoniex Bay Jetty
    Port Blair (For MV Nancowry and MV Swarajdweep)
    Tel: (03192) 232528/232742 Fax: (03192) 230480
  6. Shipping Corporation of India Ltd.
    Aberdeen Bazar, Port Blair – 744 101
    Tel : (03192) 233590, 233916, 244278 / Fax : 233778

Note: As of now, The Vizag- Port Blair sector is not under the STARS network.For voyage tickets from Vizag, SCI has a ticketing agent: M/s AV Bhanojirow Garuda, Pattabhiramayya & Co, Near Port Main Gate, PB. No.17, Vizag. Ph: 0891-256 5597, Fax: 0891 -256 6507.

Documents required:  One needs to submit application form for booking of tickets and produce ID proof at the time of boarding of vessel.


  1. Schedules
  2. Availability
  3. Tariffs
  4. Inter-island Transport
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