Malé, Maldives – Four ferries built as part of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network have been transferred to HDh. Atoll under the Raajje Transport Link (RTL).
Preparations are underway in HDh. Atoll to launch the initial phase of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network.
Phase 1 of the Integrated National Public Ferry Network was contracted to Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) by Planning Ministry on 1 February 2021, with the objective to implement Phase 1 in the northernmost regions of the Maldives, which includes Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal, and Shaviyani atolls in September 2021.
The launch of the first high-speed ferry service will connect 41 islands of Haa Alif, Haa Dhaal, and Shaviyani atolls.
The proposed ferry network classifies six central regions, as identified in the National Spatial Plan (2020-2040), and would provide two separate networks for passenger transit and movement of goods and services (cargo ferry) within and in between the regions—linking maritime transport with land and air transport. The ferry network would connect islands within the areas and between areas via three types of links; commute links, non-commute links and highway links.