Swift, efficient service leaves Maldives port 'idle'

Thirty Five hours have passed since no cargo has been unloaded at the Maldives port, with the fast work of Maldives Ports Limited in clearing the scheduled cargo vessels.

The Maldivian port had been previously known for being overcrowded and having a slow rate of service. The speed of the port had drastically improved after new vehicles and equipment were brought in recently.

MPL had brought in new vehicles and equipment worth MVR140 million.

An official of MPL said Tuesday that the delay in unloading vessels had been solved, as well as the problems of overcrowding which was evident by the fact that the port had been left 'idle' for the past 35 hours.

The next ship is scheduled to dock at the port sometime Tuesday evening.

The official also reported that a ship must normally wait for a week or 16 day period period to unload, however, the time has been slashed to 18 hours after new machinery was brought in.

The shortage of vehicles had been a difficulty faced by dock workers in the past, with a malfunction in even one machine causing long delays.