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Chartering boats made easier with new rules

TOURISTS will find it much easier to charter a sea-going vessel under new regulations going into effect in the coming year.

The new rules also will mean more income for the owners of fishing or small cargo boats during slack times, officials said.

"Those fishing boats also will have an opportunity to do other business when the fishing season ends," one official said.

The tourists should register the numbers of their ID cards with the boat owners and file reports with local frontier authorities before going out, according to the new coastal law enforcement regulation. Those who fail to register or file reports will be fined up to 1,000 yuan (US$160), according to the regulation.

The processes will be relatively simple compared with the current policy, which requires people who intend to go to the sea need to apply for a temporary ship crewman's card.

Big Jinshan Island, south of the coastal Jinshan District, is expected to attract tourists under the new rules since it is among a few natural, undeveloped islands. There's no ferry service to the island now.

People will be able to rent a fishing boat and take a one-hour journey to the island next year. The fares are expected to negotiated between customers and fishermen.

People can take a ferry to the city's Hengsha Island, where a fishing port is being built on the island's northeast. The port will handle fishing vessels, fisheries products, catering and chartering boats.


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