China COSCO Shipping starts controversial cruise business

China COSCO Shipping starts controversial cruise business

The world’s largest shipping company has branched out into a potentially controversial cruise business.

China COSCO Shipping will launch cruise trips in the South China Sea next month, with the first route to travel from Sanya city on Hainan Island to the disputed Paracel Islands, a landmass also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.

China COSCO Shipping has signed a contract with China National Travel Service Group Corp and China Communications Construction to establish a cruise company to offer tourism services in the South China Sea.

After its debut next month the plan is to offer a variety of domestic and international cruise itineraries going forward.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.

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