3 Xiamen cruise terminal berths upgraded to provincial-level
An aerial photo of Xiamen International Cruise Terminal. [Photo/WeChat account: xiamen_swj]
Berth No 1, 2, and 3 at Xiamen International Cruise Terminal passed the provincial-level acceptance check administered by Fujian province and were officially put into use on Aug 26.
The opening of the three provincial-level berths will further enhance the terminal's appeal as a home port base for international cruise ships, speed up the construction of a large international cruise center along the southeast coast, facilitate trade between Xiamen and Taiwan, as well as deepen cross-Straits exchanges and cooperation.
Early in March, the three berths at the terminal passed the municipal-level acceptance check and began to undertake freights from and to Taiwan, which used to be transported to Tongyi Wharf.
Statistics showed that the No 3 Berth has loaded and unloaded 10 cargo ships from and to Taiwan as of Aug 25, with a total of 97 twenty-foot equivalent units, and 1,812 tons of fruit and frozen fish.
Xiamen International Cruise Terminal covers a total coastline of 1,418 meters, with four berths, including one for 150,000-ton ships, two for 80,000-ton ship, and one for 3,000-ton ships for passengers and cargo roll-on ships, which can dock the world's largest cruise ship at 225,000 tons or three medium and large-size cruise ships at the same time.
Xiamen is one of the most economically competitive cities in China and was one of the first Special Economic Zones on the Chinese mainland. As a vice-provincial city independently listed on the State development plan, it has provincial-level authority in economic administration and local legislative power. In 2010, the Xiamen SEZ was expanded to cover the entire municipality. Today, Xiamen is a modern and international port city.