Addu City, Maldives – The first ferry carrying cargo between Tuticorin, India and Addu has arrived in Hithadhoo Port of Addu City today.
MV Bonthi 2 of Maldives State Shipping Limited (MSS) arrived at the Port during the evening hours of today, which was followed by a special ceremony attended by the management of State Trading Organization (STO), Maldives State Shipping Limited (MSS) and Maldives Ports Limited (MPL) as well as several MPs of Addu, and the Mayor of Addu City.
Today’s ferry, which can carry 2,719 tonnes of cargo brought in more than 2,700 tonnes of cargo, which includes items to be utilized for construction, fruits and vegetables.
The Managing Director of MSS, Captain Abdullah Saeed previously stated that the commencement of cargo ferry would enable local businessmen to bring in cargo at affordable prices.
He explained that the ferry services will be regulated within a schedule and that this link would also enable the decrease in price of goods in the area.
After unloading cargo to Addu, the ferry will make its way towards, Gdh. Thinadhoo and then back to Tuticorin.
MSS has since publicized the rates at which goods can be brought to Addu via Tuticorin, which is;
- 1 tonne general cargo – USD 35
- 1 tonne LCL cargo – USD 39
- 1 tonne refrigirated cargo – USD 69
This cargo ferry service between Addu, Huvadhoo and Tuticorin was first announced by President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during the opening ceremony of HA. Hoarafushi Airport on 20th November.