China will soon deliver a world-class ship to a Swedish company, taking another step closer to China’s aspiration to becoming a supplier of high-end vessels.
State-owned China State Shipbuilding Corp said the ship, Visborg, is the world’s first dual-fuel cruiseferry-a luxury passenger ship that can also handle freight and vehicles.
The company said the Visborg will be delivered to its buyer, Rederi AB Gotland, Sweden’s oldest passenger line, in Guangzhou, Guangdong province, before year’s end. A second cruiseferry of the same type is under construction for the same company, it noted.
该公司表示，维斯堡将在年底前从广东省广州市交付给买家Rederi AB Gotland，运营瑞典最古老的客运线路。该公司正在建造第二艘相同类型的邮轮。
The $145-million ship will be the most expensive civilian vessel ever built by Guangzhou Shipyard International, the statement said.
The cruiseferry features fast speed, ecofriendliness and a high level of automation and safety. It takes only one operator to control the entire ship if needed, the shipbuilder said. There are presidential suites, executive suites and restaurants-as well as children’s amusement facilities-on the ship, which will offer passengers a comfortable journey, it added.
The Visborg is 200 meters long, 25.2 m wide, and displaces 18,100 metric tons. It has a cruise speed of 52.7 kilometers per hour and is able to carry 1,730 passengers, along with up to 600 cars. It runs mainly on liquefied natural gas and uses diesel as secondary power.