China’s first domestically built large cruise ship successfully leaves dock

BEIJING, 7th June, 2023 (WAM) -- China's first domestically built large cruise ship Adora Magic City left the dock in Shanghai on Tuesday, marking a new milestone for the nation's rapidly progressing shipbuilding industry, reported Chinese newspaper Global Times.

Built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding Co (SWS) under the China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), the cruise ship is the world's most complex single electromechanical vessel with more than 25 million parts, five times the number of individual parts used in China's first domestic aircraft, the C919, and 13 times the number used in the Fuxing bullet train series.

Experts said the Adora Magic City marks a major step in developing China's advanced manufacturing sector and proves China's strength in self-innovation. The collaboration needed to complete such a vessel shows China's determination to open further to the world.

After a floating process that lasted for six days, the departure marked the basic completion of the main body of the giant ship. The ship will now berth at an SWS wharf, where final testing and internal decoration work will be done.

The ship is 323.6 metres long, weighing 135,500 tons, has 2,125 guest rooms and can accommodate 5,246 people, according to CSSC Carnival Cruise Shipping, which owns the ship.

The ship is set to be delivered by end-2023 after two sea trials. Commercial operation is set to begin in 2024.

The delivery of the Adora Magic City is a breakthrough in China's shipbuilding industry and fills a gap in the sector, experts said.