The Maldives Shipping Company (MSS) has announced the arrival of the newly acquired container vessel to Addu City to facilitate transshipment services with global commercial harbours.
The container vessel called MSS Opal has a capacity of 105 containers. The vessel, which can also carry cement, boasts a deadweight capacity of 1,553 tonnes. The vessel will also be used to transport goods from global markets to Addu, with a stopover in Male' City for transshipment.
Speaking to PSM News, Managing Director of MSS Mohamed Nazim highlighted how the transshipment service will streamline the movement of goods from foreign nations to Addu. He said the service is set to commence in the near future. In addition, he said the primary focus of the service will be the route connecting Male' and Addu, making stops at Hithadhoo in Addu and Kooddoo in Gaafu Alifu Atoll. He also revealed plans to expand the service to Kulhudhuffushi City contingent on the success of the initial route.
MSS Opal had previously travelled from India to Addu in October 2020 but discontinued its services in March 2021. At the time, the company cited inadequate supplies and vessel usage in the area as the reasons for discontinuation.