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Asia is the most exciting region for the cruise shipping industry with year-on-year growth in passenger numbers of more than 20% since 2007. In the next three years the number of Asians expected to take a cruise will double.
To harness this growth the major lines are deploying larger and larger ships in the region, while Asian port cities are vying with one another for ever more impressive cruise facilities.
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The recent drydocking of the Costa Atlantica just outside of Shanghai was a very significant event for the nation’s repair industry
Diversification of ship types is clearly important for China’s repairers if they are to get back into the black. Few sectors offer bigger returns than cruise, something Chinese yards have hitherto had little access to. China is developing itself to be a major cruise travel destination and is diversifying the whole industry chain to service every facet of the cruise sector. All the major cruise lines have identified China as the cruise source market with the greatest growth potential in the coming years. Cruiseships are being repositioned to the People’s Republic as never before.
At the beginning of the Chinese new year, Costa Atlantica, a luxury cruiseship belonging to Costa Cruises went in for repairs and refrurb at Shanghai Huarun Dadong Dockyard.
It is the first cruiseship repair work at the Chinese shipyard, one of the top names for ship repair in the country.
The 18-day renovation was designed to make the cruiseship offer more China-centric services for its upcoming China season.
Costa Atlantica was built in 2000 in Finland. The ship is readying a series of Asian cruises from its homeport of Shanghai.
“The materials for the repair work of the cruiseship were transported from Europe, our yard is in charge of repair work of the cruise ship,” the official in charge of the cruiseship repair project of Huarun Dadong tells SinoShip.
“The cruise industry in China is developing so fast, especially in Shanghai, the city we are based in. More cruiseships are docking at Sha ... More>>