On 12th January, the President’s Office announced the decision by the President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih to commission the first phase of the 'Integrated National Public Ferry Network' project to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company Plc. Ltd. (MTCC). This is an ambitious project which is in line with the Decentralization Act, which will introduce affordable, convenient and sustainable passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative divisions of Maldives.
During a ceremony held today, the framework agreement for the matter has been signed between the Ministry of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure and MTCC.
As the leading marine and land transport provider in the country, MTCC estimates that a total MVR 157 million will be incurred for the first phase of the project. Under this phase, services are set to commence this September for the islands in Zone 1; being a total of 41 islands from the atolls: Haa Alifu, Haa Dhaal and Shaviyani.
For the operations, MTCC has planned to utilize speedboats that are of 47 feet large and can carry 40 to 50 people. Accordingly, 17 speedboats will be utilized in total; 14 in operation and 3 in back up, which are air-conditioned and easily accessible to disabled or sick persons. These boats will have a restroom and also an area to store luggage of passengers.
Services are mandated to be provided on all days of the week by the Ministry. In major population centers, services are to be provided twice a day.