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First New Ferry Arrives in Shenzhen to Take Passengers Around the PRD

Posted: 05/13/2014 9:41 am

peng xing ferry shenzhen hong kong macau shipShenzhen is now home to a new ferry, the 200-passenger Peng Xing 15, as made by AFAI Southern Shipyard, reports MarineLog.

Designed by CoCo Yachts B.V. of Heukelum, Netherlands and attaining a contract speed of 31.5 knots, the Peng Xing will be joined by its sister ferry currently being shipped over. An order of another three CoCo ferries of a slightly different version has already been placed, making a total of five ships to join the passenger line.

peng xing ferry shenzhen hong kong macau shipThe Peng Xing line of ferries is run by Chu Kong Passenger Transport which operates ferries with ports in Shenzhen, Hong Kong, Macau, and various cities in Guangdong Province.

We imagine additional ferries may improve service and travel times, but details haven’t been released at this time regarding destinations and scheduling. Of note, however, are the two VIP cabins on the upper deck that can allow for five passengers each; maybe some of you will get to travel across the ocean in snazzy VIP style.

Photos: Marine Log, World Maritime News


Guangzhou Debuts Luxury Yacht with Water Tap Made of Solid Gold

Posted: 04/28/2014 8:35 am

A 76-foot long yacht worth more than RMB 170 million that debuted on April 26 in Guangzhou is a loud proclamation of the rich’s crass and ostentatious lifestyle amid the central government’s austerity drive.

The yacht is one of the items being showcased at the Guangzhou Rendez-Vous 2014, an exposition of luxury products, and is described as “the most luxurious yacht in Guangzhou” by event organizer Guangdong Yujinlong Yacht Club. A similar party held in Sanya, Hainan last year was alleged to have consisted of lurid sex parties with attendees that included businessmen, celebrities and second-tier models. Allegedly, more than 2,000 condoms were used in just one party at that event, Shanghai Daily reported.

Festooned with bikini-clad women for its initial appearance to the public, the yacht includes a range of exceptional features that includes a smart operational system. However, the highlight of the yacht is a pure gold water tap carved into the head of the dragon, Yangcheng Evening News reported on April 27. Described as “sparkly and shiny”, the dragon head water tap is said to be hand-made by a famous unidentified sculptor.

The water tap made of pure gold (Photo credit: China News)

As if to preemptively dismiss the inevitable negative comments from a low-brow audience (myself included), the president of the yacht club said, “Only those who have feelings about life can appreciate the meaning of life.” According to him, those who are given the ability to appreciate the meaning of life can only do so with the ownership of a yacht, not just any yacht but one with a bona fide gold dragon water tap.

“A yacht is for water sports activities, a pursuit of the free* lifestyle. Consumers can experience a whole new different kind of happiness,” he continued, adding clients can customize their cruising routes to maximize joy and “do whatever they want”.  In anticipation of strong demand, the president had ordered twenty 50-foot long yachts, the report said.

This proves that when surrounded by bikini babes with ample caviar, Cuban cigars, and liquors, nothing can come in the way of the rich having a little bit of fun — not the anti-corruption campaign, nor the lurid sex party allegations.

* “放纵自由” could also be interpreted as promiscuous in Chinese

Home page photo: China News


Toxic Chemical Spill in Dongguan Called “Completely Safe”

Posted: 04/15/2014 1:55 pm

dongguan chemical leak freighter toluene diisocyanate TDI port

If singing a song or expressing complete ignorance aren’t effective methods to take the focus off the recent prostitution crackdown in Dongguan, then maybe a toxic chemical spill is just the catastrophe the city has been waiting for.

A freighter loaded with shipping containers collided with a sand barge at 2am on the morning of April 13 on the south side of Humen Bridge in Dongguan, iFeng reports. As a result of the collision, toluene diisocyanate (TDI) was spilled across the deck of the ship.

The Port of Humen in Shatian County determined that no chemicals leaked into the sea as a result of the incident, and that no injuries were incurred. For its part, the Environmental Protection Agency would state that no damage has been caused to the atmosphere or water from the chemical spill.

That’s all very reassuring, but a source working at the scene described the clean-up in this way:

The people in charge gave everyone masks and protective clothing to wear, but no matter what, I still feel sick.

Toluene diisocyanate is classified as “very toxic,” a “possible carcinogen,” and is acutely irritating to eyes, the respiratory system and skin with pronounced symptoms. But as no one was injured in the incident, it’s likely that the unidentified worker was just sick at seeing all this valuable chemical go down the drain. So to speak.

With public safety reassured, we can objectively value toluene diisocyanate for what it really is: a modern marvel necessary for the manufacturing of flexible polyurethane foam cushions which make sitting down such a joy.

dongguan chemical leak freighter toluene diisocyanate TDI port

Photos: Nandu

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