Passenger Ferry Services to Commence Between Colombo and Malé

Maldives Promotion House – In order to boost economic cooperation and tourism amongst Maldives and Sri Lanka, the governments are making arrangements to commence a passenger ferry service between Colombo and Malé.

Currently, negotiations are ongoing between the two  governments and the passenger shipping companies, in order to commence the Colombo – Malé passenger ferry service.

“The idea of having a Colombo – Malé ferry service has been there for some time, but the plans were never expedited. We are yet negotiating the terms with the Maldivian government and several shipping companies. We have received a positive response from them and hope to commence operations soon,” Deputy Minister of Ports and Highways, Rohitha Abeygunawardena said.

“Recently we sent a delegation from the Sri Lanka Ports Authority on a three day visit to Maldives to discuss the plans. We still have several challenges ahead of us before commencing the service,” he said.

“The plan to have this ferry service was proposed at a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Transport Conference held early this year. We expect the Colombo – Malé ferry service to boost tourism in Sri Lanka and Maldives,” the Deputy Minister added.

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