Helpless | Melbourne's Centennial Wharf issued a red flag, and all businesses were forced to close! The repair time may be as long as 6 months, what will the 1300 employees do...
Remember a cold night at the end of August
Docklands Central Pier
Sudden emergency evacuation
Hundreds of diners were driven outside
Due to the deterioration of the dock building structure
The engineer told the Victorian Development Authority
The dock is very unsafe now
So it must be cleared and locked down immediately
But no one knows how long it needs to be repaired
And this morning according to Australian media reports
The Central Terminal is expected to be closed
At least 6 months!
Central Pier | Today's real shots
Maybe it's temporarily missing a place to play
But all the restaurants on the pier have approximately
If closed for more than half a year
Most employees will be cut off from their livelihoods
But no one told them what to do at the moment
Danger! The Hundred Years Wharf has hidden safety hazards, or "collapsed", everyone was forced to evacuate!
On Wednesday night, August 8, as usual, hundreds of diners enjoyed dinner in the restaurant at Docklands Central Pier.
The central pier is facing the Marvel Stadium, and the location is unique. You can not only enjoy the night view of the city but also the lakeside scenery.
It undoubtedly makes the pier a popular meeting place, where people often have parties or group dinners.
But who would have thought that there would be
Emergency evacuation of diners,
Close the door for a day!
On the night of the incident, a number of men and women in formal attire were eating in a restaurant on the pier.
When it was less than 7 o'clock, a group of people began to gather on the road, and everyone was evacuating from the dock one after another.
All the cars in the parking lot have left the pier...
Obviously, everyone is not sure what happened, because everything in front of them seemed calm and no different.
Only a few people wearing green reflective vests appeared at the entrance of the pier,
It is reported that the Central Wharf was built in 1916 and has a history of more than 100 years.
In the past two years, the authorities have also invested 520 million Australian dollars to carry out a lot of stabilization projects.
Since November 2018, engineers will also evaluate the terminal every two months.
Moreover, a proof that the terminal can be used is also submitted before.
However, Geoff Ward, a spokesperson for Development Victoria, said:
The engineers proposed to the Development Bureau at noon on Wednesday, August 8,
This central pier
The building structure has deteriorated,
There are security risks,
Need to close immediately.
Therefore, the authorities officially issued notices to all merchants on the terminals,
Require everyone to evacuate,
The terminal needs to be cleared immediately.
Many diners said that they were having fun at the time.
As a result, he was suddenly informed of the incident and was forced to evacuate the pier midway through dinner before he even finished the meal.
Obviously, the diners at the scene knew nothing about the truth of the evacuation.
Angela, CEO of the Development Bureau, explained the matter:
"The situation has deteriorated faster than expected. Although the dock has not collapsed, there is indeed a potential problem. "
She also said:
"After receiving the notice, we understood that there was no other choice, so we immediately notified the tenants of the terminal."
Engineers from KBR said that the foundation of the terminal has deteriorated rapidly, posing a huge threat to everyone's safety.
In fact, the wooden piles supporting the wharf began to deteriorate.
And once there are problems with key parts, the entire terminal may be displaced...
The wooden piles supporting the wharf are deteriorating |
In addition, the Victorian Development Authority also stated that they cannot give an exact time when the terminal will resume normal operations.
It is also impossible to disclose what repair work will be carried out on the terminal.
The wharf turned into an "empty city" overnight, and the merchants might not get compensation, and they complained repeatedly: they lost several big orders...
The diners who were evacuated that night then looked at each other on the pier.
They really couldn't figure out what was happening before them.
A customer who has just ordered the order is enjoying the appetizer that night,
He noticed that the kitchen suddenly started frantically speeding up the preparation of the dishes ordered by the guests.
Then a waiter brought all the dishes to his table and said:
Please finish eating within 15 minutes
The pier must be evacuated immediately!
The diners looked dumbfounded, looking at the dishes on the table.
Despite the doubts, he "gobbled up" into the stomach,
After paying the money, he hurriedly left the dock.
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According to the diners, they were only told that there was a structural problem with the wharf, and nothing else.
Another diners said: I didn’t even have time to finish a glass of beer, and I was so anxious that I left my credit card in the restaurant...
But in fact, when the terminal is closed, the worst is the tenants who operate restaurants and other businesses on the terminal.
It is reported that the commercial dance party of Deakin University and the award ceremony of AFL Rising Star were originally scheduled to be held on the pier that night.
But because of the emergency evacuation, they had to temporarily switch at the last minute.
Jeff Gordon is the owner and owner of a cruise ship business (Lady Cutler Cruise) on this pier.
On the morning of the incident, he received a notice that the terminal was going to be closed. He said: "Our current situation is very difficult."
Because that weekend, he originally booked a cruise ship that could accommodate more than 200 people.
But now there is no place to stop, no place to load passengers and supplies.
However, according to Yahoo News, when asked about compensation to tenants, the Victorian Development Authority did not respond positively.
However, it is understood that according to the terms of the tenant’s lease, the tenants do notInability to proactively own the right to compensation.
But Hatem Saleh, CEO of Atlantic Group, which is responsible for the terminal rental business, said,
He is considering legal action against the month-long closure of the terminal.
Because they questioned the Victorian Development Authority’s report that the “terminals are at risk”.
Half a year! The repair time of the wharf continues to increase, the authorities have been playing "sloppy eyes", and merchants have raised questions!
At least 2 weeks have passed since the terminal was closed.
The tenants were initially told that the terminal might need to be closed for a month.
Later, they received a notice saying that once an expert diagnosis is obtained, the one-month period may be extended.
But the Victorian Development Authority has not yet issued an official announcement.
But for this emergency evacuation of the wharf, the onlookers felt that something must be strange.
Why the terminal, which is evaluated every two months, suddenly claims that there is a safety hazard?
People can not help but put a question mark on the pier stabilization project that invested 520 million Australian dollars.
Why the potential danger can evolve into an emergency,
It was so unprepared at the beginning, and at the end it made people wait indefinitely...
Docklands without the dock
I seem to be less angry at night
Hope the dock can be repaired as soon as possible
So that the merchants can resume business
1300 employees returned