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CWE performs social responsibility in HK

Update:2015-07-13

The Dredging Works in Kwai Tsing Container Basin and its Approach Channel in HK undertaken by CWE is categorized as a Designated Project (DP) under the Environmental Impact Assessment Ordinance (EIAO) (Cap.499, S.2), which is required to comply with environmental standards higher than common civil works. Therefore, CWE has implemented stricter constraints defined in the Environmental Permit granted by the Environmental Protection Department of Hong Kong since the commencement of the project, so as to minimize potential environmental impacts caused during the construction in respects of water quality, waste management, marine ecology, cultural heritage, noise and air quality, etc.


By developing plans for waste control and environment management and strictly abiding by terms of the Environmental Permit, CWE took environmental mitigation and inspection measures, such as adopting enclosed type grab dredger with silt curtains (see figure 1), installing silt curtains at the seawater intake, limiting the number of dredgers and daily dredging amount, monitoring water quality 24 hours a day in selected places vulnerable to pollution, establishing liaison with communities and the like.


Moreover, for the four fishing farms near the construction area, CWE provided 24-hour monitoring on water quality near the farms (see figure 2); since April 23, 2014 when it conducted dredging at the west water way of Hong Kong, CWE started its continuous measurement of oxygen content, temperature and turbidity and regular analysis of the results by hired professional environmental consultants. Based on the one-year continuous monitoring as of early June, 2015, it is concluded that the dredging construction has little influence over the water quality of surrounding areas. CWE was therefore widely praised by the nearby fishermen and consulting engineers.


During its project execution, CWE has took environmental protection seriously, valued public interest, and systematically managed possible impacts on environment arisen from its construction, so as to actively assume its social responsibility.

(Translator: Zhang Yan, Proofreader: Ma Li)