Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, and the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation of
Maldives, Ms Aishath Nahula, jointly e-launched a direct cargo ferry service
between India and Maldives from Tuticorin port in south Tamil Nadu on September
21 through video conferencing.
maiden voyage t, a vessel with capacity of 200 TEUs and 3,000 MT of break-bulk
cargo sailed from Tuticorin to Kochi, from where it will proceed to
Kulhudhuffushi port in north Maldives and then to Male port. It is scheduled to
reach Kulhudhuffushi on September 26 and Male on September 29.
This ferry service twice a month
service, being operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, will run twice a
month and will provide a cost-effective, direct and alternate means of
transportation of goods between India and Maldives, emphasised an official
This service milestone in bilateral
relations between India and Maldives
the occasion, Mr Mandaviya noted that this service is another milestone in the
comprehensive bilateral relations between India and Maldives. He added that the
direct cargo service will further cement the close ties between the two
countries by enhancing people-to-people contact and boosting bilateral trade.
expressed deep appreciation at the launch of the service as said it is
reflective of the close ties of friendship and cooperation between India and
of this service concretely fulfils the commitment made by Prime Minister
Narendra Modi during his visit to Maldives in June last year and the
announcement made by External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar during his
virtual meeting with the Foreign Minister of Maldives on August 13, 2020.
officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs of India,
and officials of Maldives were also present.