EFFECTIVE FAçADE ACCESS STRATEGY FOR HONG KONG’S NEW CRUISE TERMINAL

With specialist expertise and long experience in Greater China, Jebsen Industrial supplied and commissioned a customized façade access solution for Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

 

With specialist expertise and long experience in Greater China, Jebsen Industrial supplied and commissioned a customized façade access solution for Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. (Image Source: kaitakcruiseterminal.com.hk)

 

As frequent berths of large cruise liners cause the existing ocean terminal facilty to become increasingly overloaded, Hong Kong is developing a new iconic Cruise Terminal on the site of its former airport. The Kai Tak Cruise Terminal will reinforce Hong Kong’s position as a regional hub for cruise liners, offering berths for two 360-metre-long vessels and anticipating the demands of a next generation of larger cruise liners.

 

Following a design concept created by Foster + Partners, construction company Dragages Hong Kong Limited was tasked, in 2010, with designing and building the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. It approached Jebsen Industrial to develop a façade access strategy for the new project – that is, providing a mechanical handling system for ongoing maintenance work.

 

The Challenge: Façade Access for New Cruise Terminal

 

An approved specialist contractor in mechanical handling and lifting installation, Jebsen Industrial was selected to deliver the customized solution based on its deep expertise and experience and its ability to draw upon long-term relationships with many of the world’s best equipment and solutions suppliers.

 

The project presented three key challenges:

 

First, the façade access solution had to be designed while Cruise Terminal was yet to be built. The Jebsen Industrial engineering team was well aware that this might come with unexpected challenges which may not be obvious until the site was actually in use.

 

Second, the building’s unique features demanded very particular, technically advanced solutions. The three-storey, 23,000-square-meter Cruise Terminal is topped by Hong Kong’s largest rooftop garden, making gondola-based systems impractical for much of the structure. The building also features façades of different heights, requiring a range of solutions, some of which had to operate indoors on the building’s upper floors. Furthermore, the Kai Tak site is exposed to strong sea breezes, with serious safety implications for those working on the outside façade.

 

Third, the developer wanted to ensure that the façade access system would promote efficiency and help minimize operating costs. The Jebsen Industrial team therefore had to draw comparisons between different aerial work platforms (AWPs) based on their mobility and manoeuvrability, travel speed, lifting speed, operating envelop, height and width configurations, and fuel efficiency and other operating costs.

 

With specialist expertise and long experience in Greater China, Jebsen Industrial supplied and commissioned a customized façade access solution for Hong Kong’s new Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. (Image Source: kaitakcruiseterminal.com.hk)

 

The Solution: Thorough Planning and Top-Quality Equipment

 

“To develop an effective and efficient façade access solution for a building not yet constructed required very thorough planning. Our team of expert engineers was careful to deliver a precise but change-tolerant design that ensured maximum safety and efficiency,” said Ms. Rachel Cheung, General Manager of Technical Services Division, Jebsen Industrial.

 

After thoroughly analyzing the building plans and assessing the client’s needs, Jebsen proposed a solution based on a combination of AWPs, both “spiders” and scissor lifts, from world-leading brands Teupen of Germany and MHE-Demag of Singapore. This equipment fully addressed the challenges of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal project, excelling in flexibility, safety, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

 

Outstanding Flexibility and Mobility

 

Jebsen Industrial selected compact AWP models for the Cruise Terminal. This was essential since they have to navigate narrow passageways and be transported between floors in the goods lift.

 

Teupen’s high-quality LEO 30T AWP was selected for ground floor work. With a turning radius of almost zero, a very high outrigger setup, and an automatic levelling system to ensure working safety at heights up to 30m, it was ideal for the varied needs of the Cruise Terminal site.

 

The Teupen LEO 23GT AWP was chosen for second-floor work, enabling access of 23m height. Designed for sites with little working space, this AWP delivers fast and efficient deployment – with a multi-position outrigger system, light in self-weight, 180° rotatable and detachable basket, and a flexible articulated and telescopic boom – in addition to Teupen’s famously compact dimension when stowed.

 

Uncompromising Safety and Stability

 

All of the AWPs deployed at the Cruise Terminal were selected for their outstanding safety features.

 

The MHE-Demag vertical mast working platform, for example, come with stabiliser legs that can be extended to increase stability while allowing the machines to reach heights up to 14m and provide a steady platform for two operators. These stabilizer-assisted AWPs are used for indoor maintenance work on all three floors of Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Like the Teupen machines, they feature a compact design so they can be stationed in tight spaces and more easily transported between work sites.

 

Outdoor units selected for the Terminal are stable in strong wind, offering protection to those working harbour-side. With a very stiff boom design, the LEO 30T and LEO 23GT are able to resist a sudden gust of strong wind. They also feature a tilt-sensing system to stop the spider falling over when making large outreaches and an anti-collision system that is activated if the platform is too close to the façade or to other surrounding objects. Teupen’s spiders also provide an emergency lowering system that returns workers safely to the ground in case of power failure.

 

With a very stiff boom design, the Teupen LEO 30T and LEO 23GT are able to resist a sudden gust of strong wind. They also feature a tilt-sensing system to stop the spider falling over when making large outreaches and an anti-collision system that is activated if the platform is too close to the façade or to other surrounding objects.With a very stiff boom design, the Teupen LEO 30T and LEO 23GT are able to resist a sudden gust of strong wind. They also feature a tilt-sensing system to stop the spider falling over when making large outreaches and an anti-collision system that is activated if the platform is too close to the façade or to other surrounding objects.

 

High Efficiency and Performance

 

Using advanced yet cost-effective technologies, the solution developed for Kai Tak Cruise Terminal by Jebsen Industrial is highly economical. It uses easy-to-operate AWPs with a large working envelope and a compact design. These can reach a large façade area from one position and yet also retract in a timely manner. They do not occupy too much floor space, leaving room for other on-site activities during construction and maintenance work. Moreover, it works at high fuel economy.

 

“Deploying top-quality building maintenance units from its market-leading partners, Jebsen Industrial ensured that this complex and high-profile public works project was supported by the very best equipment, carefully selected to meet the specific requirements of the site and deliver optimal safety and cost-effectiveness,” Ms. Cheung added.

 

With a very stiff boom design, the Teupen LEO 30T and LEO 23GT are able to resist a sudden gust of strong wind. They also feature a tilt-sensing system to stop the spider falling over when making large outreaches and an anti-collision system that is activated if the platform is too close to the façade or to other surrounding objects.

 

Ongoing Partnership

 

Jebsen Industrial began the planning work for Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in early 2012. The project was implemented one year later, once construction had progressed sufficiently.

 

The Jebsen Industrial engineering team handled the onsite testing and commissioning of the recommended lifting equipment. Once each individual AWP had been thoroughly checked, the feasibility of the original façade access design, developed from the building plans, was then verified, with particular emphasis on confirming the AWP routing. As more building service equipment had been added during construction, some of the building’s passageways and the atrium, in particular, became less spacious. Since Jebsen Industrial had allowed a margin for variation in the routing plan, these changes did not pose problems for the deployment.

 

Jebsen Industrial also provided training to the workers who were to operate the new equipment at Kai Tak Cruise Terminal. Thirty workers received in-depth training and gained certification, learning how to operate the AWPs safely and efficiently.

 

Going forward, Jebsen Industrial is providing preventive maintenance services at the Cruise Terminal. Each week, expert engineers from Jebsen Industrial check the Cruise Terminal AWP equipment to ensure it continues to operate efficiency and thus avoid disruption due to breakdowns. The Technical Services team also offers an emergency call line to guarantee a prompt response to any emergency issue with the Cruise Terminal AWPs.

 

“As a one-stop service provider, Jebsen Industrial not only designed the façade access strategy for the Terminal building but also delivered excellent project management and after-sales services ranging from equipment commissioning and operator training to ongoing maintenance. By planning ahead, using conceptual designs and consulting with the client and our equipment partners, we developed and delivered a solution that continues to meet the requirements of the Cruise Terminal,” Ms Cheung said.

 

Project

Develop and deliver a façade access strategy for Hong Kong Kai Tak Cruise Terminal Building


Challenges



  • Develop the solution from construction plans
  • Accommodate unique building features and windy site conditions
  • Romote working efficiency and minimize operating costs



One-stop solution

Strategy planning
Equipment supply:

  • Teupen LEO 30T AWP
  • Teupen LEO 23GT AWP
  • MHE-Demag vertical mast platform and Scissor Platform
  • Onsite testing and commissioning
  • Operator training and certification
  • Ongoing maintenance and emergency call-out



Solution advantages

  • Effective solution developed from plans only
  • Innovative top-quality technologies
  • Smooth and timely commissioning
  • Effective routing, even after changes during construction
  • High safety standard while providing good ease of use
  • Local language training
  • Ongoing cost savings and efficiency gains
  • Ongoing support



Technology features

  • Compact and light AWPs, fit down narrow halls and in the goods lift
  • Multiple safety features for heights up to 30m and strong winds
  • Stabilizer-assisted machines with two-operator platforms
  • Tilt-sensing, anti-collision and emergency lowering systems
  • Fast and efficient to deploy, easy to operate
  • Cost-effective, units have large working envelops and timely retraction
  • Fuel economy for low costs operation

 

For More Information


For more information about Jebsen Industrial solutions for the construction and building solutions industry, please send an email to [email protected] or visit the website at: www.jebsenindustrial.com


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