On September 6, China Merchants Industry Holdings successfully held the christening and delivery ceremony for China's first expedition cruise ship and foundation laying ceremony for cruise shipbuilding base. The "Cruise No.1" delivered this time is the first ship in the expedition cruise series project of China Merchants Industry Holdings. It is also the first expedition cruise ship in the history of Chinese shipbuilding, which pioneered the "Cruise Made in China". The successful delivery of "Cruise No.1" marks a solid step for China Merchants Industry to enter the field of cruise ship construction, and also lays a solid foundation for China to move from a big shipbuilding country to a powerful shipbuilding country. Meanwhile, China Merchants Industrial Cruise Manufacturing Base, Cruise Supporting Industrial Park and International Cruise City was officially started on the same day.
The Expedition Cruise Ship is the prototype cruise ship to be built by China Merchants Industry Holdings and Sunstone Company of the United States under a contract of 7+3 Expedition Cruise Ship. The cruise ship is 104.4 meters by 18.4 meters, with a design speed up to 16.3 knots, compliance with regulations of SRtP, USPH, USCG and in line with Ice Class 1A and Polar Code POLAR CAT-B. According to the latest polar parameter stands, it meets the most rigorous safety and environment protection requirements and regulation ever. It can sail freely in high latitude areas and across the earth, and has unique business prospects in high-end market segments.
China Merchants Group has made systematic planning and layout in the whole cruise industry chain. In 2018, it planned a world-class cruise manufacturing base and cruise supporting industrial park covering an area of 650,000 square meters.
The breakthrough of the two bases will become an important starting point for China Merchants Group to “build a full-scale industrial chain of cruise ships” and accelerate the construction of medium and large –sized luxury cruise ships, so as to fully realize the "Cruise Made in China".
Source:Sarah Yu,XINDE MARINE NEWS
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