According to China Daily, the Chinese Tianjin Ostar Underwater Vehicles Co, in association with Russian scientists, is planning to create the world’s first submarine for public transport.
The submarine, which is expected to be completed by the end of this year, will be able to take from 20 to 40 passengers on board and travel at a depth of 24 metres. An additional consideration is that it must be manoeuvrable enough to avoid collisions with sea life while it is moving.
The companuy's Deputy CEO, Zou Yongchunhe, said that the submarine could be used to transport people in popular tourist areas in Vietnam, Thailand, Greece or Turkey.
Mr Zou added that the company has already teamed up with several Russian research institutes to work on the project. Two well-known tour operators in China are also interested in the project.
In June 2016, it was reported that the underground submarine base in Albania was to be turned into a tourist attraction; Balaklava, a suburb of Sevastopol, already has an underground museum of submarines.