Shanghai, the destination of this year’s 10th China Cruise Shipping event, plans to expand its Shanghai Wusongkou International Cruise Terminal (SWICT) to accommodate increasing demand.
It is building another two berths, which will mean fourth berths total. Two spaces will be for Oasis-class vessels, while the remaining two berths can handle megaships up to 150,000 tons, according to the port.
The expanded site will be able to accommodate an annual passenger flow of 3.6 million. It is expected to be operational by 2017.
In 2014, SWICT received 216 calls and over 1 million passengers. It expects to receive 284 calls and 1.8 million passengers this year which will be a new record.
In 2014, berth earnings were six times the projected earnings from when it was established, making it China’s only profitable homeport.
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