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Old September 27th, 2016, 06:21 PM   #961
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Old October 23rd, 2016, 06:13 AM   #962
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Hong Kong government pushes for wider harbourfront boardwalk
Proposal follows calls from public for more space but some question if move will violate law safeguarding harbour from reclamation
October 19, 2016



The authorities have proposed a wider harbourfront boardwalk linking North Point to Quarry Bay to satisfy public demands for more space, as well as to attract cyclists and anglers, a document submitted to the Harbourfront Commission showed.

The original proposal for building the 2km boardwalk beneath the Island Eastern Corridor, which would include a pedestrian walkway, a cycling track, a fishing platform and food kiosks, was put forth during a public consultation earlier this year.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department now suggests extending the boardwalk by 2.5 metres to 10 metres after gathering feedback from the public who called for more space, according to the document. “They demanded a wider boardwalk in order to ... ensure proper and conflict-free enjoyment of the harbour by [both pedestrians and cyclists],” the Department wrote.

During a Harbourfront Commission meeting yesterday, some members called for the government to clarify whether the deck and floating structures, which would cover over 13,550 sq m of a water strip along Victoria Harbour, would pose legal implications. The Protection of the Harbour Ordinance, which preserves the harbour from reclamation, can be rebutted if there is a proven “overriding public need for reclamation”.

“I believe the first public engagement has demonstrated there’s a very strong public support for the plan, which hasn’t been shown before,” Ivan Ho Man-yiu, a member of the task force on harbourfront developments for Hong Kong Island, said.

Ho, however, added that the detailed design plans will still need to prove that it would have minimal effect on the harbour and only to a necessary extent.

Out of 1,306 questionnaires, the Department said the majority of the general public agreed there was a “compelling and present need” for the boardwalk, and the plans would be compliant with the ordinance’s requirements.

Most members urged the government to carry out construction as soon as possible. “We hope [the project] can proceed as soon as possible ... we’ve been talking about this for 10 years,” Ho said.

No completion date has been set yet, while a second public consultation will be conducted from late next month to January on the refined plan.
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Old November 21st, 2016, 03:51 PM   #963
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Old November 27th, 2016, 12:32 PM   #964
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Remains of a large suspected shipwreck have been found in the sea bed off Wan Chai during dredging works for the construction of the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.

The discovery, about six metres below the sea bed near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier, was made late last year. If it is determined to be of historical significance it could prompt an investigation which would delay the project.

The Wan Chai Bypass and Island Eastern Corridor Link has an estimated total cost of HK$36 billion.

The Civil Engineering and Development Department announced the discovery yesterday, which was made during dredging works to prepare for land reclamation in Wan Chai and the tunnel works for the bypass. Further dredging and measurements taken later confirmed that the object was 40 metres long, 20 metres wide and two metres high.

“According to the initial information gathered so far, there is a possibility that the object is part of a shipwreck.

“More details and the impact on related works are subject to further investigation and assessment,” the department said in a statement.

Frogmen were examining the area yesterday.

The age and model of the ship is not yet known. Some possibilities are that the vessel could have been sabotaged during the second world war or it sank during a typhoon, local historian Cheng Po-hung said.

“Before the major reclamation works in 1964, the Wan Chai coastline lay on the present Gloucester Road. The location [where the remains were found] was part of the harbour with busy traffic,” he said.

Judging from the proximity to war-time military facilities including an arsenal, dockyard and military camps, he said the discovery could possibly be one of the British ships which were sabotaged during the 18-day Battle of Hong Kong to repel Japanese invaders.

The most famous ship scuttled at that time was the HMS Tamar, after which the area Tamar was named. Cheng added that many ships also sank in major typhoon disasters in Hong Kong in 1874, 1906 and 1937.
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Harbour wreckage very likely Hong Kong’s most famous military ship, HMS Tamar, report finds
A marine archaeologist will be commissioned to confirm identity of scuttled vessel and determine its heritage value
March 2, 2017

Wreckage found during harbour dredging in Wan Chai in 2014 is very likely the remains of HMS Tamar, Hong Kong’s most famous military ship, which was scuttled by the British navy in 1941 to prevent her from falling into Japanese hands, according to a belated government-commissioned preliminary study.

However, without the ship’s bell, name plate or other unique identifier, the identity of the vessel, 40 metres long, 11 metres wide and two metres high, cannot be confirmed pending further investigations, the report said.

The preliminary assessment of the metal object, commissioned by the Civil Engineering and Development Department in March 2015, was finally published on Tuesday, 18 months after its completion in September 2015.

The department said it would shortly commission a marine archaeologist to conduct a detailed investigation to ascertain the wreckage’s identity and heritage value.

The wreckage, described in the report as “clearly the remains of large sunken ship”, was discovered by a government contractor in late 2014 about 6.5 metres under the seabed during dredging works near the old Wan Chai Ferry Pier.

It was moved 100 metres from its original location to allow waterfront reclamation and development to continue for the Central-Wan Chai Bypass.

The report by SDA Marine, an international specialist consultancy, showed 777 artefacts were found as of April 30, 2015, of which 238 were scrap iron ballast known as “kentledge” and the other 539 pieces were “special finds”, including copper alloy items, iron objects, ceramic tiles and pottery vessels.

One of the most significant discoveries was a copper alloy replica of a Royal Navy commodore’s pennant (flag), it said.

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Hong Kong Observation Wheel to reopen with HK$20 rides, down from HK$100
New tenant will partner with insurance giant to also build a wellness park at the site
November 1, 2017
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The troubled Hong Kong Observation Wheel will reopen with rides priced at a fifth of the original cost at HK$20, according to its new operator, which announced a three-year tenancy on Wednesday.

The Entertainment Corp Ltd (TECL) said there would be discounts for the elderly, while children under the age of three would ride for free.

In a statement, the company said it was partnering with insurance giant AIA Group to operate the wheel and the date for an official opening ceremony would be announced in the coming weeks.

The popular attraction was embroiled in a dispute last month when previous tenant Swiss AEX suddenly closed the ride without warning or explanation from the Tourism Board. It cited a disagreement with TECL over payment and handover issues.

Officials then said the wheel could be demolished if the two companies could not reach a settlement.

On September 6, the two companies struck a deal, saving the structure.

“The wheel will be enhanced by an adjoining, newly created AIA Vitality Park, resulting in a unique destination for visitors to the Central Harbourfront,” TECL said in the statement.

“The park will host, free of charge, a range of health and wellness-related activities and events for the public, starting in 2018 and throughout the year.”
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