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Old October 21st, 2008, 03:47 PM   #321
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Interesting posts above.

What kind of infrastructure/experience requires 20 or 30 years to mature before you can have a cruise terminal?

Surely it is 'simply'...
- berths for large ships
- maintenance (paintworks, catering, laundry) facilities for ships to use shoreside
- adequate hotel facilities for tourists
- experience in handling cruise ships and operations (can be brought from abroad??)

Not sure why it is a 20 year process?
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Interesting posts above.

What kind of infrastructure/experience requires 20 or 30 years to mature before you can have a cruise terminal?

Surely it is 'simply'...
- berths for large ships
- maintenance (paintworks, catering, laundry) facilities for ships to use shoreside
- adequate hotel facilities for tourists
- experience in handling cruise ships and operations (can be brought from abroad??)

Not sure why it is a 20 year process?
There is a lot of decontamination work being done and I believe some land reclamation might be necessary as the runway itself may be too narrow to support the full development.

I actually haven't seen much about hotels and the facilities to support the cruise terminal yet. I wonder how those will complement this plan?
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Old October 28th, 2008, 07:36 PM   #323
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Cruise terminal transport plan
(10-24 18:15)
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There will be temporary transport facilities in place to connect the Kai Tak cruise terminal and other parts of the city by 2013 when the first berth is due to be completed.

Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development Rita Lau Ng Wai-lan said the government made a resolute and wise decision in shouldering the entire construction of the terminal before the financial tsunami struck Hong Kong.

Lau added the price tag of the project jumped from HK$2.4 billion to HK$7.2 billion because the HK$2.4 billion was intended as a subsidy to a development first intended to be private.

Meanwhile Lau will discuss with Walt Disney Company on the expansion of the Hong Kong Disneyland next month.
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啟德中央冷凍系統14億元
明報11月1日 星期六 14:00

環境局長邱騰華指,在啟德發展區設立中央冷凍系統將要14億元。

他指,預計2012和2013年,啟德發展區建築物陸續落成啟用,為整個區域提供冷氣,每年可節省8500萬度電,區內建築物亦不需建水塔,令整個區域得益,減少炭排放。


啟德擬建水冷系統料省電三成半
(星島)11月1日 星期六 12:24

環境局局長邱騰華表示,今年年底或明年年初,推出一籃子改善空氣質素的方案,諮詢公眾;並出資在啟德 興建中央水冷系統,預計可為區內減少20至35%的用電量。 目前香港的空氣質素指標,早於80年代訂立,與世界衞生組織所訂的指標有相當距離,《2008-09年度施政報告》提出按部就班,達到世衛的階段性指標。 邱騰華今天(11月1日)出席電台節目時表示,目前本港的指標是每天排出每立方米350微克的二氧化硫,要減少三分二,才可達到世衞第1期標準,即每立方米125微克;雖然不容易,但必須達到,包括逐步轉用燃氣發電,取代燃煤。 說,今年年底或明年年初推出一籃子方案,諮詢公眾;市民需考慮處理那些問題,例如是否針對發電源頭、如何處理交通運輸及工商業的排放、市民願意付出多少代價及時間表等。 當局本立法年度內會提交法案,落實推行建築物能源效益標準;並出資在啟德發展區興建中央水冷系統,節省能源,有助達致目標。 透過設立區域供冷系統,預計可為區內減少20至35%的用電量,或8,500萬度電,每年的溫室氣體排放量,減少60,000噸;由於建築物毋須興建水塔,也可令天台的使用更靈活。 當局亦已預留1.5億元,資助大廈業主進行能源及二氧化碳排放綜合審計,以及3億元作改裝設施及提升能源效益工程費用的資助;計劃詳情容後公布。
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九龍灣地盤三級火個多小時後救熄
(星島)10月18日 星期六 16:08

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九龍灣一建築地盤18日下午發生三級火,個多小時後被救熄,初步消息指事件中無人受傷。消防正調查起火原因。現場是九龍灣啟福道宏天廣場對出一建築地盤,是啟德機場舊消防局。火警於下午一時十三分發生火警,並於下午一時二十六分升為三級,消防員動用六條喉及六隊煙帽隊進行灌救,火警於下午二時二十五分被救熄。起火地點接近舊啟德機場的跑道尾,現場一度有大量濃煙升上半空,維港對岸都清晰見到。消防事後表示,起火現場為一個空置貨倉,儲存塑膠水馬,所以起火時冒出大量濃煙。
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維港東擬供郵輪中流碇泊
11月20日 星期四 05:30

(星島日報報道)啟德郵輪碼頭啟用前,來港的巨型郵輪安排在將軍澳對開水域中流碇泊,但由於位置偏遠,對旅客不便,政府正與郵輪業研究在維港東面海岸,物色公眾碼頭供郵輪作中流碇泊;北角和觀塘海岸均有登岸點,有機會供郵輪旅客上落,以縮短他們的登岸時間。

啟德郵輪碼頭首個泊位在二○一三年啟用前,巨型郵輪來港時仍需要以不同方式停泊。旅遊事務署數字顯示,明年暫時預計有二十一班次的來港郵輪,未能停泊於尖沙嘴海運碼頭;若然未能安排於葵涌 貨櫃碼頭或堅尼地城招商局碼頭「埋岸」,可能需要選擇中流碇泊於將軍澳對開水域。

郵輪業諮詢委員會成員韋榮恩表示,郵輪以中流碇泊方式上落客,在海外也很常見,只是將軍澳的選址路途較為遙遠,旅客須搭近四十分鐘駁船登岸很不方便。他表示,隨着當局落實興建啟德郵輪碼頭,前機場跑道對開水域遲早也要展開挖泥工程,令維港日後有足夠水深讓郵輪進入,故業界早前向當局反映,希望加快展開有關挖泥工程,讓巨型郵輪可於內港位置中流碇泊,縮短旅客的登岸時間。

須足夠空間停旅巴

旅遊事務助理專員蘇貝茜接受訪問時表示,當局已因應業界建議,與海事處等部門考慮於多個水域作中流碇泊可行性,包括前機場跑道對開水域。她指出,郵輪下錨作中流碇泊後,會隨水擺動,因而較一般靠岸停泊要求更大水域空間,「以巨型郵輪鑽石公主號為例,料須大約直徑一公里水域空間。」

她又指出,新郵輪碼頭的船隻迴旋區,處於維港主航道及前機場跑道間,即使挖泥工程完成後,仍不足以容納瑪麗皇后二號或鑽石公主號等巨型郵輪安全碇泊,因此水面平靜及海域廣闊的將軍澳對開位置,仍是目前可用作中流碇泊的最合適地點。

不過,當局嘗試進一步改善現有的中流碇泊安排,旅遊事務署正與有關部門及旅遊業研究,為郵輪乘客在維港東面兩岸物色適合的登岸點,以縮短接駁渡輪的航程和時間。

該署高級經理盧錦欣表示,目前在灣仔至鯉魚門 的沿岸,尋找適合碼頭或公眾上岸梯級,黃埔、北角及觀塘沿岸也有類似的登岸設施,正與業界商討其中一至兩個地點,作為郵輪中流碇泊的駁船上岸點,但前提是不影響原有公眾碼頭運作。他又指出,駁船登岸點須適當配套設施作配合,因此會與運輸署研究,「讓旅客以最短路程前往觀光點是很重要,加上郵輪旅客眾多,因此會確保登岸點擁有足夠空間,可以停泊大量旅遊巴士,並且貼近主要公路。」
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受惠啟德發展 貧民區變天
28 November 2008
香港經濟日報

過去九龍城曾經是一個貧民區,但是隨著啟德機場的發展,帶動區內商業活動,令該區成為美食天堂。

據了解,九龍城過去有不少舊式圍村聚集,較多人認識的包括鶴佬村,鶴佬本聚居廣東的歸善縣,即今天的海豐、陸豐、惠陽、惠東、五華等地,方言是潮州語。

客家族群聚居

與客家同時期進駐香港,他們最擅長打石,今香港各區墳場必定有他們的作業存在,由於他們來港的時候,族群比較少人,多聚居於九龍城。

至1930年機場工程始正式完成,為配合機場及周邊城市發展,以及行政管理的需要,九龍城多條街道如:賈炳達道、福佬村道、獅子石道、龍崗道、南角道等皆在1933年同時刊憲命名。

可以說,機場填海工程帶動著九龍城的發展,原有的歷史面貌如福佬人居住的村落已逐一消失,街道的名稱於是成為這段歷史的唯一證明。
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北角觀塘上岸 可節省時間 維港東擬供郵輪中流碇泊
星島日報
20 November 2008

啟德郵輪碼頭啟用前,來港的巨型郵輪安排在將軍澳對開水域中流碇泊,但由於位置偏遠,對旅客不便,政府正與郵輪業研究在維港東面海岸,物色公眾碼頭供郵輪作中流碇泊;北角和觀塘海岸均有登岸點,有機會供郵輪旅客上落,以縮短他們的登岸時間。

啟德郵輪碼頭首個泊位在二○一三年啟用前,巨型郵輪來港時仍需要以不同方式停泊。旅遊事務署數字顯示,明年暫時預計有二十一班次的來港郵輪,未能停泊於尖沙嘴海運碼頭;若然未能安排於葵涌貨櫃碼頭或堅尼地城招商局碼頭「埋岸」,可能需要選擇中流碇泊於將軍澳對開水域。

郵輪業諮詢委員會成員韋榮恩表示,郵輪以中流碇泊方式上落客,在海外也很常見,只是將軍澳的選址路途較為遙遠,旅客須搭近四十分鐘駁船登岸很不方便。他表示,隨着當局落實興建啟德郵輪碼頭,前機場跑道對開水域遲早也要展開挖泥工程,令維港日後有足夠水深讓郵輪進入,故業界早前向當局反映,希望加快展開有關挖泥工程,讓巨型郵輪可於內港位置中流碇泊,縮短旅客的登岸時間。

須足夠空間停旅巴

旅遊事務助理專員蘇貝茜接受訪問時表示,當局已因應業界建議,與海事處等部門考慮於多個水域作中流碇泊可行性,包括前機場跑道對開水域。她指出,郵輪下錨作中流碇泊後,會隨水擺動,因而較一般靠岸停泊要求更大水域空間,「以巨型郵輪鑽石公主號為例,料須大約直徑一公里水域空間。」

她又指出,新郵輪碼頭的船隻迴旋區,處於維港主航道及前機場跑道間,即使挖泥工程完成後,仍不足以容納瑪麗皇后二號或鑽石公主號等巨型郵輪安全碇泊,因此水面平靜及海域廣闊的將軍澳對開位置,仍是目前可用作中流碇泊的最合適地點。

不過,當局嘗試進一步改善現有的中流碇泊安排,旅遊事務署正與有關部門及旅遊業研究,為郵輪乘客在維港東面兩岸物色適合的登岸點,以縮短接駁渡輪的航程和時間。

該署高級經理盧錦欣表示,目前在灣仔至鯉魚門的沿岸,尋找適合碼頭或公眾上岸梯級,黃埔、北角及觀塘沿岸也有類似的登岸設施,正與業界商討其中一至兩個地點,作為郵輪中流碇泊的駁船上岸點,但前提是不影響原有公眾碼頭運作。他又指出,駁船登岸點須適當配套設施作配合,因此會與運輸署研究,「讓旅客以最短路程前往觀光點是很重要,加上郵輪旅客眾多,因此會確保登岸點擁有足夠空間,可以停泊大量旅遊巴士,並且貼近主要公路。」
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Leisure liftoff sought for Kai Tak site
8 December 2008
Hong Kong Standard

The government has been urged to open parts of the former Kai Tak airfield for recreation.

The call came from legislator Starry Lee Wai- king who told RTHK one of her aims as a district councillor was to turn a piece of unused land into a park. However this had failed to materialize because of constraints in trying to win approval as well as insufficient funds.

``The government's response to the Kai Tak proposal was negative simply because the land has been earmarked for development into a cruise terminal,'' said Lee, of the Democratic Alliance for the Betterment and Progress of Hong Kong.

She said she cannot understand why the government has ruled out short- or medium-term use of Kai Tak even though the start of the cruise center project is still some years away.

Speaking on the Letter To Hong Kong program, Lee doubted the effectiveness of consumer coupons to boost spending, as proposed by the Liberal Party, because they would involve high administrative costs.

She believes the current annual budget of HK$300 million for local projects is sufficient.

``However, very often district councils have great difficulty getting approval for their projects, so they are delayed and opportunities to create jobs are missed,'' Lee said.

The DAB has proposed a HK$32.1 billion revitalization plan to create 20,000 jobs.

One suggestion is to raise the appropriation of capital works projects for district councils to HK$1 billion.

The party has also proposed a HK$500 million lucky draw to be supported by the government and private companies with homes, cars and holidays as prizes.
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啟德明渠擬覆蓋除臭
10 December 2008
東方日報

啟德發展區的建造工程明年初展開,涉及三百二十八公頃土地,工程預計可創造八萬三千八百多個就業機會。工程顧問公司的環境影響評估報告指出,啟德明渠臭味問題嚴重,建議覆蓋明渠、對明渠進行局部維修挖泥、在舊跑道北段開出一個六百米寬的缺口,改善明渠水流,並以生物除污法處理啟德明渠進口道和觀塘避風塘所積累的沉積物,但承認部分地方在最壞情況下仍會受臭味影響。另外,因應區內人口增加,觀塘初級污水處理廠需要進行改良工程,提升處理能力。

啟德工程亦會造成噪音滋擾,其中聖匠小學及文理書院部分時段的噪音水平,會達七十四至七十五分貝;住宅翔龍灣、囱景閣更達七十八分貝,南苑在二○一五年全年的噪音水平亦達七十二分貝。至於居民擔心多途體育館產生噪音滋擾,顧問認為可透過裝設伸縮屋頂或固定屋頂解決問題。

龍津碼頭遺址原地保留

另外,舊啟德機場的文物資源,如舊遠東飛行學校及魚尾石文物價值屬中等,但宋皇臺石刻文物價值高,若要遷移要進行適當保育,而早前在區內發掘到的龍津碼頭遺址,會原地保留。

啟德發展區除建造郵輪碼頭外,亦會興建公私營房屋、商用辦公室及酒店,樓宇高度上限為六十層,呈梯級狀發展,減低屏風效應。

政府會興建沙中線、環保運輸系統及地區冷卻系統等配套設施,預計工程在二○二○年後完成。
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Old December 11th, 2008, 05:44 AM   #334
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Study plain sailing for proposed cruise hub
11 December 2008
Hong Kong Standard

An environmental and impact study has given the proposed Kai Tak cruise terminal the all clear.

The study by engineering consultants Maunsell Aecom found emissions at residential areas from cars and cruise ships and industrial emissions from San Po Kong, To Kwa Wan and Kwun Tong would comply with current air quality objectives.

Although a planned industrial building on the development's south apron is expected to exceed the one-hour average objective set for sulfur dioxide, the analysis said this is tolerable as the building will be centrally air-conditioned.

The report also recommends central air system intakes for the 328-hectare project be at or below 40 meters above sea level to draw cleaner air.

A total of 1,363 trees will be felled and 887 transplanted, with 5,000 planted in new open spaces and about 1,000 on new roads.

The loss of sea views from nearby districts will be compensated by open space, of which 89.5 hectares will be developed and 1.4 hectares from neighboring areas, the report said.

Hot waste water and chlorine from an ambitious cooling system will only affect a localized area before being broken down.

A 600-meter gap will be opened at the northern section of the former airport runway to improve water circulation and accumulated sediment will be treated to combat odor.

An estimated 1.38 million cubic meters of seabed will be removed for the cruise terminal with another 350,000 cubic meters removed every five to 10 years for maintenance.

To combat traffic noise, the report recommends buildings be set back as far as possible from roads.

Noise barriers are set for some roads to mitigate the effects of a proposed light public transit system.

The report said sensitive areas of schools and housing estates should be also be away from roads.

Windows should be closed during construction to reduce noise.

Areas subject to construction noise include Buddhist Chi King, SKH Kowloon Bay Kei Lock, and Holy Carpenter Primary schools, along with Cognitio and Po Leung Kuk Ngan Po Ling College, Lee Kau Memorial School, CCC Kei To Secondary, South Mansion, HK Society for Blind Hostel Grand Waterfront and Hang Chien Court.

The site of the Old Far East Flying Training School, Fish Tail Rock, Sung Wong Toi Inscription Rock and Longjin Pier will be preserved or protected.
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Old December 11th, 2008, 10:50 AM   #335
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Whoever designed the colour scheme for this orange & green building needs to be shot

The land leftover by the closure of Kai Tak has so much potential - I really hope HK does something amazing with it.
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Old December 15th, 2008, 06:35 AM   #336
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Whoever designed the colour scheme for this orange & green building needs to be shot

The land leftover by the closure of Kai Tak has so much potential - I really hope HK does something amazing with it.
It's a new residential. There are a few more tall ones in the area but I agree that colour is too sharp against the grit.
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Old December 18th, 2008, 05:17 AM   #337
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Hope for $718m cruise terminal plans
17 December 2008
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SEVERAL false starts and criticism from cruise line executives have dogged plans by the Hong Kong government to develop a state-of-the-art HK$5.6bn ($718m) cruise terminal at the former airport at Kai Tak, writes Keith Wallis.

But there has been renewed hope that the complex will go ahead after officials pledged taxpayers’ cash for the scheme rather than rely on private sector investment.

This followed an abortive tender earlier this year when the government received just two bids, neither of which conformed to the tender requirements, for a franchise to build and operate the facility.

Instead, the government will seek funding approval possibly as early as next year from local lawmakers to build the two- or three-berth terminal, which will be capable of handling cruiseships up to 220,000 gt.

Commerce and Economic Development Bureau secretary Rita Lau said the first berth will come into operation in mid-2013, about 18 months later than planned.

The delay has already led to an increase in the cost of the terminal from HK$4bn to HK$5.6bn as a result of the rising price of construction raw materials, although given the global economic downturn it is possible the estimated cost could fall.

The go-ahead for the terminal is unlikely to stop criticism of Hong Kong’s lacklustre facilities for cruiseships. In October, the 115,875 gt Diamond Princess became the latest casualty of the inadequate facilities when the ship had to anchor in the harbour and passengers had to embark and disembark using pontoons and launches. Princess Holidays, the general sales agent for Diamond Princess, said dropping anchor in the harbour was equivalent to “dropping a diamond into the water”.

While the territory’s cruise facilities have come under the spotlight, Hong Kong’s ferry network with neighbouring cities in the Pearl River delta has continued to grow.

The latest additions have been made by Turbojet, which, with 31 vessels, already operates Asia’s largest fleet of jetfoils and high-speed catamarans on routes between Hong Kong, Macau and Shenzhen. In October, Turbojet took delivery of two 47.5 m catamaran ferries that were originally built by Western Australia-based Austal for fellow Hong Kong operator New World First Ferry.

The vessels, capable of operating at speeds of more than 42 knots and carrying 418 passengers, have been deployed on Turbojet’s regional routes including the Hong Kong-Macau service, which carried 17m passengers in 2007, and Macau-Shenzhen international airport.

Turbojet has continued to expand its fleet despite competition from Cotai WaterJets (Macao), which also operates 14 high-speed catamarans between Hong Kong and Macau mainly in support of the gambling-orientated resorts in Macau controlled by Las Vegas Sands.

Ten of the 47.5 m vessels were initially ordered by Cotai WaterJets (Macao) but the company placed an order with Austal for four further ferries, which will be delivered in the first half of 2009.
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Kai Tak takes off
Hong Kong Standard
Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Details of a long-awaited HK$100 billion plan to transform the Kai Tak airport site into a city-within-a-city with its own international cruise terminal were unveiled by the government yesterday.

Officials also expressed hope to fast- track the first phase of the government- bankrolled scheme by creating 1,500 jobs this year in a bid to ease the strain of the economic crisis.

To do this, the Legislative Council will be asked to release HK$3.3 billion from the public coffers in the second quarter of this year so that seven initial sub-projects can be started.

One of the key features of the plan for the 320-hectare site is to turn the notoriously pungent Kai Tak nullah into a pleasant, more open stretch of water.

Phase one is due to be completed by 2013 and includes the building of 13,000 public housing flats, three schools and a government office building on the north apron of the old airport. It will also contain the first berth of the cruise terminal, a park and a 200-meter long waterfront promenade along with a new cooling system.

This phase - excluding the cruise terminal and runway park - will cost HK$15 billion.

Key transport projects, including Route Six and the MTR Sha Tin to Central Link, will be included in the HK$66 billion phase two part of the scheme to be completed by 2016.

The Kai Tak Approach Channel - better known as the Kai Tak nullah - will be cleaned up using bio-remediation treatment, the creation of a 600-meter wide opening in the former runway to improve water circulation in the channel and the interception of polluted discharges in the hinterland.

"The bio-remediation project is expected to commence in 2011," a government spokesman said, adding that they hoped a significant reduction in odor and improvement in water quality will be seen by 2014.

The second phase will see the completion of the second berth of the cruise terminal, underground streets connecting the new development to Kowloon City and San Po Kong, and a heliport.

The HK$22 billion final phase is due to be completed by 2021. This will include a multipurpose stadium with more than 45,000 seats, sites for residential, commercial developments, a metro park and, perhaps, a monorail and bridge link to Kwun Tong waterfront.

In a separate development, the government is seeking HK$988.3 million from Legco to implement 22 additional minor works projects, bringing the Capital Works Reserve Fund from HK$7.57 billion to HK$8.56 billion and creating 1,600 jobs.

The government spokesman said: "These projects will provide jobs for Hong Kong workers returning from Macau."

The projects include refurbishment of the exterior of 50 government buildings, renovation of aged protective surfaces of 500 slopes, the installation and retrofitting of energy-efficient facilities for various government departments, and provision of green roofs on 40 government buildings.

Total cost of the projects is HK$1.6 billion, of which HK$990 million will be spent in 2009-2010.
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From Mingpao (and my translations
The former Kai tak Airport will be undergoing massive renovation. The project will be completed in three stages. of which will be completed in 2013, 2016 and 2021 respectively.

Phrase 1 will be a crusier port, a promaide along kuwn tong, and some residental developments.

Phrase 2 will be a cleanage of the current Kai Tak drain, which fouls the smell around it, a heliport, a commercial area and another cruiser port.

Phrase 3 will be a 24km square Metropolitan park, hotels and residental buildings on the former runway, and a multi use sports complex.

The project will also create 86,000 new jobs. The project is expected to cost around HKD 103 billion.
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