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Five ferry runs to service Expo

THE Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration yesterday announced five ferry routes to carry visitors to the Expo site.

The Expo organizer will build six wharfs in the Expo site - three on either side of the Huangpu River - and four others outside the site, with 35 ferries expected to operate 600 services a day.

Whether the ferry services will be free is still under discussion, officials said.

The Expo ferries can each carry a maximum of 500 passengers. The operation will run from 8am to 12am, longer than the Expo opening hours of 9am to 11pm.

The Expo organizer will start trial operations from April 1.

The ferries are expected to transport 10 percent of the 400,000 to 600,000 Expo visitors expected each day to the site while another 20 percent are expected to use the ferries to cross the river between sites.

The administration stressed it will not block the river during the Expo and regular ferry operations will not be "disturbed."

During the Expo, over 1,000 vessels are expected to pass the controlled 7.8 kilometers stretch of the river, from the Nanpu Bridge to the Chuanyang River.


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