Shipping to Chinese cities like Beijing and Shanghai has become a routine activity for many Americans, but the journey can be expensive, with shipping companies charging millions of dollars for the privilege of transporting the goods across the Pacific Ocean.
This week, however, a Chinese shipping company announced that it is planning to build a ship that will transport 1.5 million people from California to the Pacific islands of Hawaii.
The company, Guangzhou Shipping Co., will use an ocean-going ship called the Guangzhou Super-Ocean, a ship capable of carrying 1,500 people and has been designed to move cargo between ports on the islands.
The ship is expected to be operational by 2021.
In a press release, the company said it plans to move up to 3 million tons of cargo between its terminals in Guangzhou and the mainland each year.
China has been building its own super-ships to replace its aging fleet of older ships.
But the new ship will be a major upgrade.
“There is no reason to expect any other ships to operate this way, as the capacity of the Super- Ocean is just unprecedented,” said Li Wen-yuan, chief executive of the China Shipping News Network.
“It is also a major milestone in the country’s ambitious plan to modernize its fleet of vessels.”
The Super-Oceans will be the first of a number of ships that will be built by China to replace the aging fleet.
The nation plans to have about 100 such ships in service by 2025, with another 100 ships expected to enter service in 2030.
The Guangzhou shipping company has a long history of building super-sized ships, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The SuperOcean is a two-story, 9,000-ton ship that can carry 1,200 people.
The Chinese government is working on plans to develop an automated, multi-purpose sea-going vessel, according the Chinese State Administration of Navigation, Navigation and Shipbuilding.
The project has been underway since the 1970s, and it was originally called the China-built Super-Ship.
China is also planning to develop its own automated, high-speed sea-crossing vessel, and will build the SuperOcean.
According to the Journal, the vessel is expected be able to carry up to 100,000 passengers, but it is not clear when the first SuperOcean will enter service.
The vessel will also be equipped with the latest technology to carry cargo on the seas, and the ship will also carry the latest air-traffic control system.
“The Super- Oceans will enable China to fulfill the long-awaited goal of providing reliable, affordable, high performance sea-borne passenger service,” Li said in a statement.
“China’s Super- ships are designed for long-haul cargo transportation and have a unique capability to cross the Pacific in a very short time frame.”