Aulong Shipbuilding delivers 70-metre ferry to Chinese tour operator

Aulong Shipbuilding, a joint venture between Austal Australia and China’s Jianglong Shipbuilding, handed over a new catamaran ferry to Chinese tour operator Beihai Xinyi Cruise on Monday, July 13.

Measuring 70 by 17 metres and with capacity for 1,200 passengers, Bei You 26 (“North Tour 26”) is the largest aluminium-hulled high-speed passenger vessel to be built in China. The vessel is also capable of speeds of up to 34 knots as proven in sea trials carried out in June.

Bei You 26 will commence operations in the Gulf of Tonkin by ferrying tourists to and from Weizhou Island, a popular beach holiday destination that has been dubbed “China’s Bali.”

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