Visakhapatnam: Merchant vessel, which was supposed to sail off on May 18 to Port Blair, got struck in the port due to cyclone Roanu, now finally glided into deep waters at 11.10 on Saturday. The 1,150 passengers and their relatives who came to see them off, heaved a sigh of relief.
Some of the passengers who had no money for purchase of food in the ship got down and left for their villages. The journey from Visakhapatnam to Port Blair takes around 60 hours and passengers said the private canteen inside the vessel charges more than regular rates.
The Shipping Corporation of India operates five vessels to main land ports at Visakhapatnam, Kolkota and Chennai. On an average, vessels touch Visakhapatnam port once in a fortnight.