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China’s first home-grown large cruise liner undocks in Shanghai in breakthrough for shipbuilding

China’s first home-grown large cruise liner, regarded as a breakthrough in the nation’s shipbuilding and high-end manufacturing, left its dock in Shanghai on Tuesday after nearly four years of construction to start sea trials.

Adora Magic City, a 135,500-tonne liner built by Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding – a subsidiary of the state-owned China State Shipbuilding Corporation – represents a significant technological advancement for China, being the last type of high-end ship that the country had yet to produce. Over 93 per cent of the construction and over 85 per cent of the interior work for the 323-metre-long (1,060-foot) ship has been completed after it was floated at the end of last week. It is expected to be delivered by the end of the year.


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