“The Cochin-Kulhudhuffushi ferry will allow the people to bring in cargo even from Dubai” said MP Mohamed Shifau. In a tweet made last night, the Ihavandhoo constituency MP went on to state that importing cargo from Dubai will boost the economy of Thiladhunmathi atoll.
MP Mohamed Shifau representing the ruling coalition has been a strong advocate for the Cochin ferry between Maldives and India. The ferry which arrived on the early morning of 27 September 2020 was operated by the Shipping Corporation of India, with the Maldives state owned MSL acting as its agent. The ferry carried an estimated 500 tonnes of cargo, an unusual 9.4% of its capacity.
The outspoken MP backed by the ruling coalition have reiterated that the ferry service will boost the economy while opposition members have claimed that the ferry service serves no real purpose for Maldives. According to the Foreign Ministry, the ferry service will conduct two to three trips a month with Minister Abdullah Shahid hinting on the possibility of it acting as a passenger ferry in the near future.