Shipping Service (MSS), on Tuesday, Dec 22, commenced direct shipping services
between India’s Tuticorin Port and Thinadhoo, Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll.
The ‘MV Bonthi II’
vessel operated by MSS docked in Thinadhoo with 400 tonnes of cargo as part of
its return to Maldives.
The ship departed to India on November 24.
Speaking at the
ceremony held to commemorate the occasion, Minister of Transport and Civil
Aviation Aishath Nahula stated that the beginning of the service demonstrated
the government’s efforts to boost commercial activity in Maldives’ south.
The minister also
noted that cargo services would facilitate convenient and affordable access to
goods for citizens residing in the region.
This government is strengthening Maldives’ transport network
“One of the main
aims of this government is strengthening Maldives’ transport network, linking
it to neighbouring countries and providing effective services at affordable
prices”, she added.
Noting that only
400 tonnes of cargo were transported during the first voyage, MMS Managing
Director Abdulla Saeed stated that future trips would utilise the maximum
capacity of the vessel.
The commencement cargo services would create job opportunities
In addition to
highlighting the benefits for businessmen in the south, MMS Managing Director
noted that the commencement cargo services would create job opportunities for
citizens living in the region.
He expressed hope
that sea farers and other interested professionals would work with MSS.
The MSS direct service to Thinadhoo would provide reliable deliveries
of State Trading Organisation (STO) Hussain Amru stated that the MSS direct
service to Thinadhoo would provide reliable deliveries without delays and
considerably reduce the amount businessmen need to spend on import.
While MSS has
started direct shipping to Thinadhoo, the state also contracted Maldives
Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) on Tuesday to develop a regional
harbour on the island.
cargo shipping services between Addu and Tuticorin on December 10.
government also commenced cargo ferry services between Kulhudhuffushi City and
Cochin during September.