Bohai Ferry eyes on cruise business expansion

Chinese Taishan, the former Costa Voyager, operating for Bohai Cruise since 2014 Chinese Taishan, the former Costa Voyager, operating for Bohai Cruise since 2014

Bohai Ferry, China’s largest ro-pax operator, announced that the company is exploring more cruise opportunities in the coming year.

It is considering opening routes around Bohai bay, The East China Sea, The South China Sea and the open sea, as well as regional cruise port construction.

China’s first cruise ship owner

The company registered a subsidiary, Bohai Cruise, in Hong Kong in 2014 and began cruise operations that year after purchasing Costa Voyager for $43.68m.

The ship was renamed Chinese Taishan.

Built in Germany in 1999, the 24,430gt, 920-passenger cruise ship was formerly part of the Royal Olympic fleet as Olympic Voyager and was renamed Grand Voyager (2004-2011).

Chinese Taishan marked a significant milestone in the Chinese cruise market, becoming China's first wholly-owned and independently operated cruise ship.

Currently, the ship is mainly deployed on between China-Japan, China-Russia, China-Vietnam and China mainland-Taiwan.

Expansion of cruise and fleet

It is predicted by 2035 China's annual cruise passenger volume will reach 14m and in the coming decade will attain expereince in designing and building cruise ships.

'Considering these great opportunities, the company will further expand cruise itineraries and develop port infrastructure in the northeast Asia region,' Bohai Ferry stated.

The company plans to purchase larger and more cruise ships by 2021 to expand its cruise business, it said.

In addition, Bohai Ferry announced a plan to add two more ro-pax by 2020 to further improve its overall fleet capacity.

 

Posted 30 November 2018

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Katherine Si

China Correspondent