Maldives Ports Ltd (MPL) will provide services 24hrs a day from this evening onward in order to increase efficiency, local media has reported.
“MPL’s aim is to give the fastest service to the public from the closest locations. Almost all of the ports around the globe are currently working for 24 hours. This change is also an attempt to fit into that trend”, Head of Corporation Services, Ibrahim Afzal told local media.
MPL is now recruiting for additional staff to cover the extra duties as the facility in the capital, Malé, will no longer close between 11pm and 7:30am reported Haveeru.
General Manager of the Cargo Department of MPL Mohammed Hashim noted that outside pickup services should also adapt to this new shift pattern, suggesting that the MPL may provide this service if necessary.
Malé commercial harbour handled 580 ships in 2012 carrying over 1million tonnes of freight.