Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) today signed with marine vessels provider Gulf Craft to supply high speed vessels for the Integrated National Public Ferry Network (INFPN).
As part of the agreement, Gulf Craft is set to provide 17 ferries for the INFPN project. Each ferry will have a capacity of 50 passengers and travels at maximum speed of 30 knots.
The project aims to connect islands and atolls of the Maldives a high-speed ferry network and make traveling between atolls more convenient and cheaper than domestic flights.
The project is set to be completed in 3 phases. Phase 1 will cover Zone 1, which are the most northern atolls of the Maldives. Phase 1 is set to commence in November.
The ferry network is a large-scale project that introduces efficient, affordable, convenient and sustainable passenger and cargo ferry services to all administrative islands of the country. In line with the Decentralisation Act, it aims to facilitate inclusive regional development by connecting people and services, accelerate social and economic growth, improve efficiency in the delivery of public services and improve mobility and accessibility for all citizens in all areas of the nation.