China's Hainan to launch pilot cruises to nowhere

The initiative is intended to further promote Hainan's cruise tourism development The initiative is intended to further promote Hainan's cruise tourism development

China’s southern province of Hainan was approved by the Ministry of Transport (MOT) to launch pilot cruises to nowhere for Chinese-funded cruise ships flying flags of convenience.

Sanya and Haikou

The first two pilot ports in Hainan are Sanya and Haikou.

This initiative is to encourage cruise ship operators to design and provide diversified cruise offerings and further promote Hainan's cruise tourism development.  

Chinese-funded cruise operators' owned or bareboat-chartered foreign-flag cruise ships are eligible. MOT defines a 'Chinese-funded cruise operator' as a business entity with no less than 51% Chinese invested capital, running international cruises on ships built less than 30 years ago.

To apply for approval of cruises to nowhere, the operator must submit the voyage proposal two months ahead of schedule. The MOT Hainan Department will be responsible for reviewing the proposal and related arrangements.

Posted 10 May 2019

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Katherine Si

China Correspondent