The cargo ferry service between India's Cochin and Kulhudhuffushi and Male' City in Maldives, is scheduled to commence on September 20.
According to Indian media outlet, The Hindu, the cargo vessel will depart from Tuticorin port on September 20, after which it will be received at Kochi on September 22 and proceed to arrive in Maldives on September 26. The vessel will return to India on October 1.
The Indian High Commission in Maldives previously revealed that a vessel operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, capable of carrying 200 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU's) and 3,000 tonnes of general cargo, would be utilised for the service. The turnaround time for the cargo ferry service will be approximately 10 days.
The governments of Maldives and India signed the Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) to establish ferry and cargo services by sea on June 8, 2019, during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Maldives. The Indian Cabinet gave the green light to the service the following month.
Male' and Kulhudhuffushi are situated approximately 708 km and 509 km away from Kochi respectively. Kulhudhuffushi and the northern Haa Dhaalu Atoll are considered untapped tourist destinations.
Regular transfers between is intended to enhance trade and commerce between Maldives and India.