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China's 1st high speed ship goes into operation

11-30-2011 13:49 BJT

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China’s first cargo passenger liner, HaiXia, is making its maiden voyage. It will carry passengers travelling between Pingtan County in mainland’s Fujian province, and Taichung city in Taiwan.

The vessel is the world’s fastest ship of its kind. And 500 people are on board for the historic voyage. The speed of the ship is more than 74 kilometres per hour by water jet propulsion, which is twice that of a normal ship.

China’s first cargo passenger liner, HaiXia, is making its maiden voyage. It will carry
passengers travelling between Pingtan County in mainland’s Fujian province, and Taichung
city in Taiwan.

It is also China’s first cross-strait high speed ship. The route covers the 70 nautical miles direct sea crossing that links Pingtan County in east mainland’s Fujian Province, and Taiwan’s Taichung city.

It can cross the Taiwan Strait smoothly in around 2 and half hours, even in 4-meter high ocean waves. Built by InCat Australia in 2002, the ship was purchased by Fujian Cross-Strait Ferry in 2011 and renamed Haixia.

The ship costs around 300 million yuan. The dual-body ferry boat is 97 meters long, and weighs around 6.5-thousand tons.

The hull is light, constructed from marine grade aluminium alloys. And its unique design allows it to move in any direction, particularly useful when docking.

It can carry 760 passengers and 260 cars. The ferry has four classes, including first, business, economy, and leisure. Ticket prices range from less than 100 US dollars to 200.

The ship also provides passengers with entertainment and relaxation facilities. The main passenger deck has a cafe, gift shop, children’s play area and lounges.

Fujian officials say they are hoping to get 3 to 4 more ships of this kind running on the route.

Live: Maiden voyage of China’s first high-speed RO-RO passenger ship

China’s first cargo passenger liner, HaiXia, is making its maiden voyage. It will carry
passengers travelling between Pingtan County in mainland’s Fujian province, and Taichung
city in Taiwan.

China’s first cargo passenger liner, HaiXia, is making its maiden voyage. It will carry
passengers travelling between Pingtan County in mainland’s Fujian province, and Taichung
city in Taiwan.

 

 

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