Nine Degree Channel

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The Nine Degree Channel is a channel in the Indian Ocean between the Laccadive Islands of Kalpeni and Suheli Par, and Maliku Atoll.[1] These two subgroups of islands, together with the Amindivi Subgroup, form the Indian Union Territory (UT) of Lakshadweep.[2]

The Channel is approximately 200 km wide with a depth of 2597 metres. The Investigator Bank is located in the southern region of the channel.

It is so named as it lies on the 9-degree line of Latitude, north of the equator.

Sea Lane of Strategic Importance[edit]

The 200 kilometres of the Nine Degree Channel separating Kalpeni and Suheli Par from Minicoy sees the passage of nearly all merchant shipping between Europe, the Middle-East and Western Asia with South-East Asia and the Far-East.


  1. ^ Prostar Sailing Directions 2005 India & Bay of Bengal Enroute, National Geospatial-intelligence Agency
  2. ^ An Act to alter the name of the Union territory of the Laccadive, Minicoy and Amindivi Islands

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Coordinates: 9°N 73°E / 9°N 73°E / 9; 73