The first high-speed ferry under the first phase of the “Integrated National Public Ferry Network Project” has been completed and is awaiting testing, Maldives Transport and Contracting Company (MTCC) has announced.
A high-speed ferry network was one of the current administration’s campaign pledges, and the first phase of the project was granted to MTCC. Gulf Craft, a prominent shipbuilding business in the country, was contracted by MTCC to build high-speed ferries.
The first vessel in the Raajje Transport Link was launched today, with plans to undertake engine commissioning, tests, and trials next week.
The ferry will go three times quicker than a conventional vessel, according to MTCC, with a peak speed of 30 knots. The company also stated that the ferry will be air-conditioned and can carry 50 passengers at a time.
The high-speed ferry network will be developed in three phases, the first of which will comprise Zone 1 (Ha. Hdh. Sh. atolls) with a total of 41 islands.
According to MTCC, the first phase of the project would include the construction of 17 ferries, 6 of which will be ready for operation by November 15.
The high-speed ferry network will provide low-cost, convenient, and long-term passenger ferry services to all of the country’s administrative islands.