Taipei-A regular ferry service between Hualien and Su'ao on the east coast of Taiwan will be introduced in September, in a bid to reduce traffic congestion and boost tourism in those areas, the operator said Wednesday.
The daily service will be launched on Sept. 20, departing from Su'ao at 10 a.m. on a 70-minute trip and leaving Hualien at 1:30 p.m. on the return leg, said the ferry operator Pescadores.
On the route, the company said, it will use the Rikulau, one the two fast ferries it acquired earlier this year.
According to the company's website, the Rikulau and the Blue Magpie, which were made by Australian shipbuilder Austal, are the fastest ferries in Taiwan, with a speed of 70 kilometers per hour, and they each have a capacity of 552 passengers.
Currently, the boats are being used on the routes between the outlying Penghu island and Budai in Chiayi, southern Taiwan, and between Penghu island and Taichung, central Taiwan.
With the reassignment of the Rikulau, the first regular ferry service between Su'ao and Hualien will give travelers an alternative to the congested roads and packed trains, Pescadores said.
The ferry ride will also allow travelers a more impressive view of the scenery of eastern Taiwan, the company said.
The Pikulau is equipped with an electronics system to stabilize its movements, which would allow it to slow down as it approaches the 21-kilometer long Qingshui Cliffs along Hualian and Yilan counties, and passengers will be able to take as many pictures as they like, Pescadores said.
Pescadores is a joint venture set up by Taiwan Land Development Corp. and Lan Chun-sheng (???), chairman of Wisdom Marine Lines Co.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel