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Yachts and cruise ships will be able to cross Strait

By Shelley Shan  /  STAFF REPORTER

Owners of cruise ships or yachts from Taiwan and China will be able to travel across the Taiwan Strait thanks to the agreements signed during the talks between Strait Exchange Foundation (SEF) Chairman Chiang Pin-kung (江丙坤) and Association of Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (ARAT) Chairman Chen Yunlin (陳雲林) earlier this month.

Officials at the Keelung Harbor Bureau, however, warned the government would need to regulate illegal activities that may occur at sea.

Maskot Hsu (?y), director of the bureau’s shipping and navigation department, said the government now must remove articles 28, 29 and 30 from the Statute Governing Relations Between Peoples of the Taiwan Area and the Mainland Area (兩岸人民關係條例) following the talks.

Hsu said that the agreement would not only enable ocean liners to start offering cross-strait shipping services, but it would also allow individual yacht owners to travel across the Strait.

There are around 2,000 yachts in the nation. Hsu said that Keelung Harbor had designated areas for yachts from China to get supplies, but they would not be allowed to dock long-term at the harbor.

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