Chinese media announced official opening of new regular ro-ro route, set to connect China and Thailand. New line was launched with departure of China Merchants’ car carrier CHANG DA LONG from Ningbo on Dec 16, with more than 1,200 China-made cars on board, destined for Laem Chabang, Thailand. Two monthly trips are presently, on schedule, to be carried out by 2000-cars class DALONG car carrier.
Actually, according to track and port of destination, CHANG DA LONG is sailing to Nansha with ETA Dec 19. Then there is the question of practicality of the project, unless each car carrier trip back to China is to be with full load of Thailand-made Japanese Brand cars, of very good quality – Japan was importing Thailand-made cars after Fukushima disaster. Who is to buy Chinese cars in a country which produces all top Japanese car brands, is anyone’s guess, unless Chinese cars are to be sold at much lower prices.
Car carrier CHANG DA LONG, IMO 9471197, GT 19684, built 2012, flag China, manager China Merchants.