China’s first home-grown cruise ship almost 90 per cent finished, and its cables could nearly span the nation’s width

China is aiming to deliver its first large cruise ship this year as the country continues to take critical steps towards boosting its self-reliance on advanced manufacturing.

The H1508 vessel, China’s first home-grown cruise ship, has been in the works since October 2019 and is expected to be afloat by May, according to state media reports.

Sea trials will start in July, and the ship will be named and delivered by the end of the year, according to its maker, Shanghai Waigaoqiao Shipbuilding, which held a news briefing on Friday, according to state media reports.

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