A CHINESE delegation will soon visit countries including Malaysia and Indonesia to market a wide-bodied vessel that can be used in shallow waters.
The 35,000 deadweight tonne vessel was designed by China State Ship Building Corp (CSSC).
According to a China Daily report, Indonesian and Malaysian shipowners have been in China inquiring about prices and uses of the ship.
The Chinese delegation will hold talks with these shipowners, giving them materials and information about the vessel.
CSSC shipyards have constructed nine such vessels for Chinese shipping companies.
The vessels, designed to carry coal at a maximum speed of about 14 knots, are to be the key means of coal transport by 2000.
The first vessel of this kind was completed in December 1991 at the Bohai Shipyard in Jinzhou, Liaoning province.
Shipyards in Shanghai and Guangzhou will also build the vessels.
China plans to build dozens of these vessels by 2000 to transport its coal.
Transportation in the People's Republic of China
China State Shipbuilding Corporation