China's largest aluminum-alloy liner excels in trial run
Built in Zhuhai, China's first large deluxe aluminum-alloy high-speed passenger liner, the Bei You 26, apparently exceeded all design goals during its two-day trial voyage in late June, reports Zhuhai Aulong Shipbuilding.
The liner has a length overall (LOA) of 70.6 m (77.2 yd) and beam of 17 m (18.6 yd). It is built to carry 1,200 passengers at a maximum speed of 34 knots. Not only the largest aluminum-alloy high-speed passenger liner in the country, the Bei You 26 is also the speediest compared with liners bearing the same passenger load.
Bei You 26 on trial voyage [Photo provided by Zhuhai Aulong Shipbuilding to Guanhai App]
The vessel will soon be delivered to Beihai Ennova Tourism for passenger transport between Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region's Beihai City and Weizhou Island in the Beibu Gulf.
Located in Pingsha Town, Jinwan District, Aulong is a joint venture by domestically renowned shipbuilder Jianglong and Austal, the world's largest and most advanced aluminum high-speed-vessel shipbuilder based in Australia.
Backed by Jianglong and Austal's leading manufacturing technologies and quality control, the Bei You 26 offers a comfortable passenger experience as well as outstanding performance in structure, streamline, safety, and resistance to winds and waves. Thousands of sketches synchronizing safety, aesthetics, ergonomics, seaworthiness, and comfort were produced in the design stage, and then subdivided into 10,000 production steps.