Male, Maldives - The Ministry of Health – Maldives has contracted Gulf Craft to manufacture a fleet of Sea Ambulance Speedboats for their healthcare network.
The contract was signed by State Minister - Ahmed Arfil on behalf of the Ministry of Health and, Costas Eliopoulos - Production General Manager, Gulf Craft. The healthcare ministry aims to establish an efficient emergency response transport system throughout the Maldives to serve its citizens and tourists.
The contract is part of the Maldives COVID-19 Emergency Response and Health System Preparedness Project with the assistance of the World Bank and Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. Fully-equipped speedboats will be used to transport laboratory samples, conduct outreach programs, and transport patients in emergencies. This will further facilitate the medical procedures, sample collections, and conducting of specialist medical programs & services to remote villages through regional hospitals or provincial hospitals. According to the agreement, the vessels are scheduled to be delivered within one year.
Meanwhile, Gulf Craft’s Chairman, Mohammed Hussein Alshaali said "Gulf Craft aims to manufacture high-quality, reliable, easy-to-use, and long-lasting speedboat ambulances. He highlighted the success of Gulf Craft in the Republic as the company celebrates the 20th anniversary of its operations in the Maldives this year and the shipyard’s commitment to supporting the Maldivian Government. Emphasizing how Gulf Craft has catered its product offerings to the variety of requirements these idyllic islands have, he expressed interest in working with reliable partners in the future."
As Gulf Craft Maldives celebrates 20 years of boat building in the country, this partnership is a testimony of the company’s dedication to serving the people of the Maldives. The company is also keen on further enhancing transportation methods to make them more efficient, smart, and economical. Gulf Craft Maldives is the first Emirati boat-building company established in the Republic of Maldives and is looks forward to supporting the people of the Maldives further in the years to come.