Xiamen plans to open up a Xiamen-Taiwan direct sea route this May by introducing a large catamaran, a type of double-hull large ocean going vessel made in Australia, according to Xiamen port authority.
Catamaran, a type of double-hull large ocean going vessel made in Australia
This 4-storey, 10,000-ton ship can accommodate 1200 passengers and 300 vehicles. With a maximum speed of 42 knots, it is currently the largest and fastest ferryboat in the world.
The distance between Xiamen and Taichung is about 150 nautical miles, by taking this high-speed ship, the journey time will be greatly shortened. It will only take 3.5 hours from Xiamen to Taiwan Island.
After that, the cargo, vehicles and passengers from across the Taiwan Strait can directly clear customs. Relevant procedures can refer to the easy mode of the “Three mine links”.
Taiwan vehicles are also expected to be able to drive on mainland roads if policy permits.
As compared to a container liner, the catamaran has more advantages such as higher loading efficiency and lower costs. It is particularly suitable for the transportation of daily goods, fresh farm produce, sideline products and high value-added products, as well as express mail and parcels.
This new sea route is expected to become a useful complement to the cross-strait cargo freight as well as the "mini three links" transportation.
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