Guangdong–Hainan Ferry

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The Yuehai Train Ferry, which crosses the Qiongzhou Strait, in 2010.

The Guangdong–Hainan Ferry, or the Yuehai Ferry (Chinese: 粤海铁路轮渡; pinyin: Yuè-Hǎi tiělù lúndù[1]) is a train and vehicle ferry connecting two Chinese provinces: Guangdong and Hainan. The ferries run across the Qiongzhou Strait, between Zhanjiang, Guangdong and Haikou, Hainan.

The line has operated since January 2003, carrying both freight and passenger trains, enabling direct train service between the mainland and the cities of Haikou and Sanya on Hainan Island.[2] In 2010, two ferry boats were in operation: Yuehai No. 1 and Yuehai No. 2. The third boat, Yuehai No. 3, was launched in Tianjin in September 2010.[3]

Yuehai No. 3 and the fourth boat, Yuehai No. 4, entered revenue service with the ferry company on February 1, 2013.[4] The two 23,000-ton vessels are 188 meter long, 23 meters wide and 15.3 meters in total height; they have a 5.6 m draft. The vessels carry rail cars at the lower deck and cars on the upper deck; there are passenger compartments as well. They travel at the speed of up to 17 knots.[5]

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