Whale-watching wharf in eastern Taiwan to be relocated

Hualien's Shangang Port whale-watching structure to undergo demolition

Taiwan News
Date: 2019/10/19
By:  Central News Agency

Photo: Wikipedia

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — People who enjoy spotting humpback whales in Hualien will have to go to a new location to board their boats, according to a report by CNA.

Whale-watching makes up a major part of the tourism industry in Hualien, with peak whale-watching season falling between April and October. At present, there are four whale-watching companies and six whale-watching boats stationed at Hualien Shangang’s North Pier, which accommodates nearly 200,000 tourists every year.

However, in June this year, Hualien’s whale-watching wharf was identified by technicians as a dangerous structure, having been in disrepair for a long time. Its earthquake resistance was deemed inadequate, which poses a serious risk since earthquakes occur frequently in Hualien.

Hualien Port Branch Company, which has leased the whale-watching wharf since 1991, has considered safety recommendations and decided to end use of the structure and dismantle it. Whale-watching companies and enthusiasts will have to pursue their passion at a new pier while the port company conducts the demolition.    [FULL  STORY]

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