The government of Maldives has confirmed that the high-speed ferry service on a national scale, will commence first phase of its operations in April 2022.
Meanwhile, the contractor of the project, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) noted that the testing and evaluation of the transportation vessels have been completed.
According to MTCC, it is currently attempting to resolve the issues identified from the vessels during the testing phase.
The Chief Executive Officer of MTCC, Mr. Adam Azim had noted that the workforce was made ready for the nationwide ferry operations.
The high-speed, interconnected ferry service will reportedly use a different ‘breed’ of ferries; speedboats crafted with the latest vessel technology.
MTCC distributed the administrative atolls into six different zones for the purposes of incepting the nationwide ferry network, under which the first phase includes northern atolls of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal, and Shaviyani.
It was further confirmed that the initial operations will commence from Haa Dhaal atoll owing to the completion of the “Raajje Transport Link” (RTL) ferry terminal in the capital of the atoll; Kulhudhuffushi, while a second terminal in Hanimaadhoo of the same atoll is near completion.
Meanwhile, addressing on the progress of the project, the MTCC CEO commented, “We have successfully completed installation and integration of the new transport link software on a nationwide scale. After resolving the issues discovered from the ferries during the test phase, official operations will commence in April.”
While the services are debuting from Haa Dhaal atoll in April, services in the other two atolls of the zone will commence in the following month of May.
MTCC further testified that a total of 40 terminals are developed under the-first phase, out of which 8 major terminals are already near completion.