Maldives State Shipping (MSS) company has revealed the operation of cargo ship, 'MV Bonthi II’ from India to Gaafu Dhaalu Atoll (docked on December 22), commencing direct shipping service between Tuticorin and southernmost Addu and Thinadhoo Atolls. Departed to India on November 24, the vessel carried 400 tonnes of cargo on its way back to the Maldives.
On Tuesday, a small ceremony was held to officially mark the beginning of a promising direct cargo service, attended by Transport Minister Aishath Nahula and General Manager of MSS Abdulla Saeed. Addressing the audience, Minister Nahula stated that locals of the southernmost atolls will be offered goods with affordable prices, leading to the growth of commercial activity in the region.
Managing Director of MSS, Abdulla Saeed commented that MV Bonthi II will be utilized in a way that the full capacity of the vessel will be in use during its 20-day journey to the country.
Direct cargo ferry service between the Maldives and India was initially launched back in September, connecting the northern island, Kulhudhuffushi and Kochi.
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