China's new-generation training ship sets off on maiden voyage to South Africa
China's new-generation training vessel "Yupeng" set off on Tuesday on its maiden voyage from the port city of Dalian, in northeast Liaoning Province, according to Xinhua news agency.
The 340-million-yuan (50 million US dollars), 199.8-meter-long ocean-going vessel, now bound for South Africa, is China's most advanced cruise training ship.
Owned by Dalian Maritime University, the ship has 87 graduating students on board for its maiden voyage, who will undergo training with the crew. It was also loaded with four locomotives and other equipment produced by China's rolling-stock maker CRRC Corp. Ltd. for customers in South Africa.
Founded in 1909, Dalian Maritime University is one of China's largest maritime universities. The school already owns and operates another ocean-going training vessel, "Yukun," that boasts more than a 10,000 deadweight tonnage.
The new ship, built by China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) Shipyard, has a carrying load of 30,000 tonnes and can be used for training, scientific research and shipping.