Classification society RINA has been retained to provide class services for the construction of the largest cruise vessel yet to be constructed in China.
Due for delivery in 2025, the 140,000gt vessel is to be built at Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding (SWS). It will have a length of 341m and capacity for 6,500 passengers and crew.
Signing up the classification society, SWS chairman, Mr Wang Qi, commented: “The Chinese cruise ship industry is expanding rapidly, and the new vessel is being designed to respond to that growth as well as Chinese tastes. China’s burgeoning economy is providing increased demand for leisure activies.”
RINA’s senior director, Asia Marine, Mario Moretti, said: “The Chinese shipbuilding industry has been the number one in the world for some time. But this has historically been focused on merchant and cargo vessels. We are very pleased to be working closely with SWS in building China’s largest-ever passenger ship. The agreement represents a milestone in Chinese shipbuilding as it expands into the passenger sector responding to the growth of seaborne tourism.”
RINA to class China’s largest cruise ship yet