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Plans afoot to give a boost to yachting

AS Shanghai works to become a center for recreational shipping, the business of yachting is set to hit the high waves.

The Shanghai Maritime Administration said it will allow space for yacht owners on the Huangpu River and other coastal areas.

It will set a time span for yachts to sail on the river, while more ports for their docking are also among the draft that is being considered by the administration.

But the safety issues remain, said Huang Jianwei, an official with the administration.

"The busy river traffic and the complex tide conditions could affect the operation," said Huang.

So far more than 30 yachts are registered in the city.

Yachting, cruise ships and liner industry are among the three main sectors that will help develop the shipping center in the city.

The maritime supervisors found that yachts owners prefer the waters from Yangpu Bridge to Lupu Bridge in the evening from 8pm to 10pm.

But the river cruise business is also the heaviest around the same time, officials said.

In the waters near the Lujiazui area, more than 1,000 vessels service it per day.

But certain areas will be off-limits for vessels for a period of time in the day and used only for yachting, said Chen Xiaoguang, a deputy director with the maritime administration.

Large cargo vessels will be re-routed to other water channels during the time for yachting, Chen added.

Such priority will also be offered to large liners docking at city ports. Cargo ships will be moved to make way for liners.

At the mouth of the Yangtze River, it is common to see liners vie for space with cargo ships which use the route.

The water traffic is also expected to get busier this year with more than 330 liners set to arrive in the city this year.


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