First China-made cruise ship for polar expeditions test

The first China-made cruise ship for polar expeditions tested the water  in Haimen, east China’s Jiangsu Province.

First China-made cruise ship for polar expeditions test

Hu Xianfu, general manager of the shipbuilder China Merchants Group, said the 104.4-meters long vessel is 18.4 meters at the beam. It can operate at a speed of 15.5 knots.

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With a gross tonnage of 7,400 tonnes, it can accommodate 255 people on board.

Hu said the ship still needs equipment testing and installation, which will be finished in July before a September delivery to the owner Sunstone Ships Inc.

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Sunstone, the world’s leading provider of expedition vessels, has ordered 10 of the cruise liners from the Chinese shipbuilder.

The shipbuilding started in March 2018. Niels-Erik Lund, president and CEO of Sunstone, said the progress has been going well, which represents China’s superb management in the shipbuilding industry.

The launching ceremony of the first China-made cruise ship for polar expeditions, held in Haimen, east China’s Jiangsu Province. The first China-made cruise ship for polar expeditions tested the water on Tuesday in Haimen, east China’s Jiangsu Province. Hu Xianfu, general manager of the shipbuilder China Merchants Group, said the 104.4-meters long vessel is 18.4 meters at the beam. It can operate at a speed of 15.5 knots. With a gross tonnage of 7,400 tonnes, it can accommodate 255 people on board.

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