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New Matsu-Fujian ferry route to be launched in July

2015/05/10 21:39:41

Taipei, May 10 (CNA) A new ferry route between Taiwan's outlying island of Matsu and China's Fujian Province is scheduled to be launched in July this year, shortening travel time between the two sides by around 70 minutes, an official said Sunday.

Currently, the only ferries between the two sides operate between Fuao Harbor in Matsu's Nangan Township and Mawei in Fuzhou City, Fujian and a single trip takes around 90 minutes, according to Liu Cheng-ying (劉增應), magistrate of the outlying Lienchiang County, commonly known as Matsu.

The new route between Matsu's Beigan Township and Fujian's Huangqi Peninsula is expected to shorten the one-way travel time to only 20 minutes, Liu said.

Construction on the floating pier and terminal in Huangqi has been completed, while the floating pier in Beigan is still under construction, said Liu, who estimated that all construction work will be completed by the end of June.

The new ferry route is expected to boost tourism between Matsu and Fujian, and make it easier for travelers from Taiwan proper to travel to Fujian through Matsu.

In addition to the new ferry service, Liu said the new 5,000-ton cargo-passenger ship "Taima Star," which will sail between Matsu and the northern Taiwanese port of Keelung, is also expected to begin service in July.

Construction on the new passenger ship "Tunghai Pearl," which will sail between Matsu's Nangan and Juguang townships, will also be completed soon, according to the Lienchiang County government.

Liu said he hopes the series of new services will make transportation to, from and within Matsu more convenient, improve winter tourism on the island and increase Matsu's overall competitiveness.

(By Shen Ju-feng and Christie Chen)