Makruzz, the high-speed Catamaran Passenger ferry is a twin hull vessel. The advantage of having two hull is that it offers high speed and better stability. Makruzz has 2 decks with passenger capacity of 280 in three classes viz. Premium, Deluxe and Royal. The vessel is fully air conditioned by 30 Ton rating system. Makruzz can attain maximum speed of 32 nautical miles but normally cruises at 24 nautical miles and covers the distance between Port Blair to Havelock in 90 minutes. Makruzz is equipped with 7 television sets for entertainment and central food kiosk, the glass windows give a panoramic view of the sea.
The vessel is built in Singapore under international standard of Bureau VERITAS (register classification). She is 35 meter long with well furnished interiors; consisting of 2 Upper & Lower Deck divided into four classes (Executive, Lounge, Premiere and Coastal). The cruising speed will be 25 knots (45 Kmph). A centralized announcement system and beautifully designed well equipped food - kiosk inside the vessel. The vessel is enclosed entirely with picturesque windows which give a panoramic view of the entire sea and the flora and fauna of our beautiful Island. She has a seating capacity of 218 seats.
Govt. Ferry / Ships are leaving from Port Blair harbor (also known as Phoenix bay jetty) at 0600, 1100(via Neil Island) and 1400. Speed boat takes 2.5 Hrs and slow ones 4 Hrs directly to Havelock. Indirect boats (Via Neil Island) take 1 Hrs more.
For Indian nationals tickets can be booked only 04 days in advance and all tickets and seats are subject to availability. Tickets are issued through the 'STARS' counters managed by the Directorate of Shipping Services.