The Belgian ship, Lowlands Prosperity,was docked late yesterday at the Caofeidian port, a steelmaking and energy base in northeastern Hebei province, near Beijing, when a Chinese oil supplying ship
hit the vessel's stern.
bookings and indirect economic impacts, like supplying ships
. The number of cruisers from the North American market, largely the United States, rose steadily to 8.2 million a year in 2003 from 3.6 million in 1990, according to industry group Cruise Lines International Association.