Direct cargo ferry service between India & Maldives commences from Tuticorin Port

Shipping 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.

During its 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

This ferry 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 communiqué.

This service milestone in bilateral relations between India and Maldives

Speaking on 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.

Ms Nahula 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 Maldives.

The launch 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.

Senior officials of the Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of External Affairs of India, and officials of Maldives were also present.

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