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No injury reported in two accidents inside Hai Van Tunnel

In Uncategorized on August 19, 2010 at 11:21 am

No injury was reported in a lorry flame and a truck turnover as they went through the Hai Van Tunnel between Hue and Danang City Wednesday.

Entrance to Hai Van Tunnel (Photo: Q. Vu)

A lorry while going through the tunnel at 7AM blazed inside the tunnel. Hai Van Road Tunnel Management and Developing Company and firefighters of the central city of Da Nang arrived on the scene to extinguish the fire but the incident has caused traffic congestion in 20 minutes in the tunnel.


According to police, the accident happened may be due to electric fire risk.


Before the accident, a truck transporting over 30 tons beers from Hue to Da Nang had turned over suddenly when it passed through the tunnel, barricading the entrance into the tunnel.


It resulted in an enormous traffic jam all along the tunnel in 14 hours.


The truck was at last moved away the tunnel by the rescue crews and traffic flow again.

Source: SGGP

Thu Thiem Tunnel three weeks from completion

In Uncategorized on August 6, 2010 at 3:20 pm




Thu Thiem Tunnel three weeks from completion


QĐND – Friday, August 06, 2010, 20:44 (GMT+7)

Work on the Thu Thiem Tunnel beneath the Sai Gon River has entered the home stretch and is likely to be completed next month.


The East – West Highway and Water Environment Project Management Board and Japanese contractor Obayashi began pouring concrete to connect the fourth section with the final section on the District 1 side.


A ceremony was held for the purpose on Wednesday and it was attended by the HCM City Party Committee Secretary Le Thanh Hai, HCM City People’s Committee Chairman Le Hoang Quan, and Party Committee Deputy Secretary Nguyen Van Dua.


The head of the board, Luong Minh Phuc, said the first four sections had been properly installed.


The fourth section was sunk in the river on June 5 after being delivered from Nhon Trach district in neighbouring Dong Nai province, where all the sections had been fabricated.


The tunnel is expected to be completed on September 2, the National Day, and connected with the completed East – West Highway next January.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Relief tunnel should reach Gulf well by weekend

In Uncategorized on July 21, 2010 at 3:23 pm

Three months into the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the federal government’s spill chief says a relief tunnel should finally reach BP’s broken well by the weekend, meaning the gusher could be snuffed for good within two weeks.


After several days of concern about the well’s stability and the leaky cap keeping the oil mostly bottled up, retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said Tuesday that engineers concluded the risk of a bigger blowout was minimal and were getting closer to pumping mud into the column to permanently seal it.


“We continue to be pleased with the progress,” Allen said in Washington, giving the go-ahead to keep the well cap shut for at least 24 more hours and possibly longer.

Oil booms are seen in Breton Island, Louisiana, as oil leaking from the Deepwater Horizon wellhead continues to spread in the Gulf of Mexico in this May 3, 2010 file photo

BP vice president Kent Wells said crews hope to drill sideways into the blown-out well and intercept it at the end of July. The relief well is necessary to plug the well permanently.


After it’s done, crews will begin the kill procedure, pumping mud and cement into the hole a mile underwater to seal it, which BP said could take anywhere from five days to a couple of weeks.


“Everything’s looking good,” Well said. “The relief well is exactly where we want it. It’s pointed in the right direction, and so we’re feeling good about that.”


Engineers are also considering shooting drilling mud down through the cap to increase the chances that the attempt to kill the well succeeds.


News that a solution is near cheered Jeff Hunt who scans the waves daily for telltale tar balls in Pensacola Beach, Fla.


“It makes me very happy, after nearly three months, that they finally have gotten to a pinnacle point of closing it,” said the co-owner of a hair salon. “We need to plug the thing.”


BP wants to leave the cap on in the meantime. At one point, Allen wanted instead to relieve the pressure by opening up the cap and siphoning oil up to ships on the surface, but he has relented in the past few days. Opening the cap would have required allowing millions of gallons oil to gush into the sea again for a few days while the plumbing was hooked up.


Seepage detected from the seafloor briefly raised fears that the well was in danger, but Allen said that another well is to blame.


The seepage is closer to the older well than to the one that blew out, Allen said.


There are two wells within two miles of BP’s blowout, one that has been abandoned and another that is not in production. Around 27,000 abandoned wells in the Gulf aren’t checked for leaks, an Associated Press investigation showed this month.


The BP-leased Deepwater Horizon rig exploded April 20, killing 11 workers and touching off one of America’s worst environmental crises. The well has spewed somewhere between 94 million and 184 million gallons into the Gulf. BP said the cost of dealing with the spill has now reached nearly $4 billion.

Source: SGGP

Underwater tunnel project to be completed on schedule, says PM

In Politics-Society on March 17, 2010 at 2:44 am




Underwater tunnel project to be completed on schedule, says PM


QĐND – Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 20:56 (GMT+7)

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung on March 16 made a fact-finding tour of the construction site of Thu Thiem Tunnel being built in the Saigon River bed.


The 1,490m-long tunnel, the first of its kind in Vietnam and the largest in Southeast Asia, has three sections, of which the 370m-long underwater section is comprised of four reinforced concrete segments measuring 33m x 9m x90m. One of the four segments, weighing 27,000 tonnes, was successfully settled in the riverbed on March 9. Once completed, the tunnel will have six lanes, enabling cars to run at 60kmph. 


The tunnel is part of the Saigon East-West Highway Project that is being implemented by HCM City and Japanese contractors, with financial assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The agency has committed approximately US$456 million in ODA for the project.


Contractors are working on the installation of the three remaining segments in the river scheduled for April, May and June. When the four are connected with tunnel entrances at both ends, the driveway and the emergency pathways will be paved. It is expected to be open to traffic in mid 2011.


Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung praised Japanese contractors for successfully installing the first structure of the tunnel in the riverbed and asked the project management unit and contractors to work closely to complete the project on schedule and meet safety regulations.


When the tunnel is completed, it will help shorten travel time from east to west and ease traffic congestion in the city centre, said Mr Dung.


He also asked the Ministry of Transport, relevant ministries and agencies to iron out snags in the implementation process.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

The tunnel of love

In Vietnam Landscapes on March 8, 2010 at 2:40 am




The tunnel of love


QĐND – Saturday, March 06, 2010, 20:38 (GMT+7)

A mysterious network of caves by Chua Tien in Hoa Binh province have proved to be a popular spot for tourism


According to legend it was Lac Long Quan who fathered Vietnam. He was said to be descended from the dragons and possessed superhuman strength. One day, he made a trip out onto the water and there he met Au Co, a fairy princess. The couple married and Au Co gave birth to a sac with 100 yolks which turned into 100 infants.


The children were born at Chua Tien (Fairy’s Pagoda) in Hoa Binh province’s Lac Thuy district, an area also linked to Bac Son culture which dates some 10,000 years. Archeology digs have unearthed human bones and assorted stone tools.


The pagoda is in a limestone valley, home to beautiful caves and grottos, the most remarkable of which is Tien gottto (Fairy’s Grotto). However, most tourists head for Tam Toa grotto, the largest cave in the tourism complex.


You have to climb steps 300 metres up into the cave and crawl under the climbing liana. From just inside, the cave seems small and narrow. However, the further you venture in the more the cave opens up. As the full splendour of the cave is revealed, our travelling party is bowled over by this mysterious wonder of nature.


The artificial lights add to the magical mystery of the cave. On the walls and ceiling we can see giant bas-reliefs of strange figures that we have never imagined. The stalagmites have been transformed into an intricate, ornate body of work – I can see a kneeing elephant and a galloping horse. Looking to the ceiling, we are amazed by the living figures of the Heavenly court such as the Emperor of Jade and the God of Thunder, surrounded by fairies in gorgeous clothes. Each wall of the grotto is a wonder.


Each compartment of the grotto is a sculptural masterpiece. We wonder whether it is a work of the Creator or a being from another planet!


An old legend


The Tien grotto also has its own story. Legend has it that in days of yore, a young man named Din lived in such poverty that he could not find a wife, though he worked hard around the clock. Knowing Din’s plight, the Emperor of Jade sent his third daughter named Ba down to the earth to marry Din. For three years the couple lived in happiness but they could not conceive a child. As a deity Ba was not destined to stay forever. After three years she had to return to Heaven, leaving her husband as sad and as sorrowful as ever.


The Emperor of Jade felt sorry for Din and allowed Ba to return. But when she descended from Heaven she found that her husband had already left his home and died of sorrow on the mountain. Ba remained on earth, spending her days in a grotto and weaving cloth. This is now the Fairy’s Grotto.


It was said that any couple wanting to have children should visit the grotto and place a piece of cloth before Ba’s chamber. In the next morning, they would receive a perfect suit or dress. If it was a suit they’d have a son, if it was a dress they’d have a girl.


Growing tourism


In honour of the couple, the Tien pagoda festival is held from the fifth day of the first lunar month to the last day of the fourth lunar month. Each year, the complex is visited by some 200,000 people, mostly from the locality.


Over the past few years, tourism activities have begun to take shape here and the complex is managed by a private-owned company which was granted permission by the former Ministry of Culture and Information (now the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism).


Not that everyone is happy about growing tourism in the area. “I think that the site is being commercialised and losing its sacredness,” says Ho Minh Van, a 55-year old from Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem district.


“It’s good for local socio-economic development but altars dedicated to Budda and saints are improperly erected every where. Many shrines are nothing but boxes temporarily made of steel pillars and plastic sheets.”


“When I ask those working at the grottos, they say that they don’t know what the statues are but keep asking me to put some money into hom cong duc (donation boxes) placed in front of the altars, though I have already put my money into at least 15-20 boxes placed every where at the site!”


With growing numbers of visitors, the site is also under threat from pollution. “Rubbish can be seen all over the place and you can’t find a toilet anywhere,” moans Pham Thi Bich, a 60-year old visitor from Haiphong city. 

Source: VietNamNet/Timeout

Source: QDND

First Thu Thiem tunnel section to be towed tomorrow

In Politics-Society on March 8, 2010 at 2:35 am




First Thu Thiem tunnel section to be towed tomorrow


QĐND – Saturday, March 06, 2010, 20:34 (GMT+7)

A rehearsal of the first section of the Thu Thiem Tunnel being towed from Dong Nai Province to Ho Chi Minh City will be carried out today, said the East-West Highway and Water Environment Project Management Board.


The rehearsal is a preparation for towing the section from the province’s Nhon Trach District through Sai Gon River to the construction site in District 1 tomorrow, said Luong Minh Phuc, director of the Project Management Board.


The section, which is 92.4m long, 33.3m wide, 9.1m high and weighs 25,000 tons, is one of the four for the tunnel, he said.


The project contractor will use four tugboats to drag the section 22km along the waterway with an extra tug boat to follow in reserve.


The towboats will depart at 7am, and take about six hours to deliver the section with a maximum speed of 5.5 km per hour.


For safety reasons, all vessels will be banned from traveling on Sai Gon River from 7am on Sunday to midnight on Monday, March 8.


The section will be installed on Monday, and another three sections will be towed and installed in April, May and June.


The tunnel, which is part of the East-West Highway and Water Environment Project, is expected to be completed next year, linking inner HCM City to District 2.


Source: VietNamNet/SGGP


Source: QDND

Passengers stranded in Channel Tunnel after cold halts trains

In World on December 20, 2009 at 4:39 am

LONDON, Dec 19, 2009 (AFP) – More than 2,000 passengers spent a chilly and hungry night stranded in the Channel Tunnel linking France and Britain after cold weather caused five trains to break down.








Stranded passengers wait at London St Pancras Eurostar terminal in London on December, 19, 2009 (AFP photo)

The trains failed as they moved from the freezing air in northern France into the warmer temperatures of the tunnel on Friday evening, operator Eurostar said.


All Eurostar services were suspended until Sunday, causing pre-holiday chaos on one of the busiest travel weekends of the year.


Some passengers complained they were left to fend for themselves when the trains were halted under the English Channel.


Lee Godfrey, who was travelling back to London from Disneyland Paris with his family, said: “We were without power. We ran out of water, we ran out of food and there was very very poor communication from the staff.


“We lost air-conditioning when we lost the power. We had to open the emergency doors ourselves.


“The evacuation procedure we followed was one that we set down ourselves,” he told BBC radio, adding that people were “very, very panicky”.


He added: “We have had children asleep on the floor, they have been sick. It has been a complete nightmare.”


Patrick Dussaut, who was with a group of 40 people from a French company hoping to visit Britain, complained they had been stuck in a Eurostar train since Friday evening and by Saturday lunchtime had still not reached London.


“People have been stuck in the train for 16 and a half hours non-stop, without being able to open the doors,” he told AFP by telephone.


“There have been heated arguments between Eurostar staff and passengers who were fed up of being shut inside the trains. On a human level, the management has been catastrophic.”


He said some of the passengers intended to refuse to leave the train when it arrived in London, in a protest at the compensation they had been offered — a new return ticket on Eurostar.


Eurostar said the cold weather had forced the suspension of services until Sunday, adding to problems for travellers trying to reach their families for Christmas.


“We have not had a situation like this in 15 years,” Eurostar executive Nicolas Petrovic told AFP.


“Five trains broke down in the tunnel between 8.30 pm and 11.30 pm (1930 GMT and 2230 GMT).”


Two thirds of the 2,000 passengers had reached London by mid-morning Saturday, he said.


The company said all the affected trains had been removed from the tunnel, denying reports that one was still stranded on Saturday.


Eurotunnel, which operates a drive-on train service for cars and lorries, said it was resuming services Saturday after it was forced to suspend its trains.


The disruption in the tunnel was the worst since a raging fire on a Eurotunnel train in September 2008 caused a two-day suspension of services.


The problems with the Eurostar trains added to an already difficult situation in Europe as temperatures dropped as low as minus seven degrees Celsius (45 degrees Fahrenheit).


Eurostar’s British train drivers and staff had coincidentally begun a 48-hour strike on Friday.


Ferries between France and Britain were also heavily disrupted by the adverse weather conditions.


The motorway to the main British Channel port of Dover was partly reduced to little more than a parking area for trucks on Saturday.


Police introduced what they call “Operation Stack” to allow more than 2,300 lorries to be parked on sections of the M20 motorway to wait for ferries.


Air passengers also faced delays Saturday because of snow in Britain and elsewhere in Europe. Dozens of flights in and out of Britain were cancelled on Thursday and Friday.


A statement on British Airways’ website said the disruption was “likely to continue into the weekend.”


Passengers were advised to check the status of their flights before travelling to airports.


A planned strike by British Airways cabin staff which would have caused widespread disruption over the Christmas period was avoided when a judge this week ruled the action illegal.


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Surveyor to check HCM City tunnel cracks

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2008 at 2:31 pm

HCM City (VNA) – An independent consultant will appraise the quality of the four pre-built concrete sections of the proposed Thu Thiem Tunnel beneath the Sai Gon River which have developed a series of cracks, the Ministry of Construction and HCM City have agreed.

Based on the consultant’s report, repairs would be carried out or the sections would be rebuilt from scratch, Deputy Minister of Construction Cao Lai Quang told a meeting last week between his ministry and the city People’s Committee.

Chairman of the People’s Committee, Le Hoang Quan, calling the tunnel an important project, said its quality must be ensured even if it meant delays.

Since it is located beneath the water and has projected life span of 100 years, its construction requires care, he said, adding any problem occurring after the tunnel is put in use would be very difficult to fix.

The party responsible for the cracks would have to bear the costs of repairs and delays, he said. The contractor for the project is Obayashi Corporation and the design consultant is Pacific Consultants International, both from Japan .

The Thu Thiem Tunnel, to link District 1 in downtown HCM City with District 2 in the Thu Thiem Peninsula , will be 1.5 km long, with a 370-metre section under the Sai Gon River that will have a six-lane road.

Four tunnel sections, each measuring one metre thick, nine metres high, 33m wide, and 92m long, and weighing 27,000 tonnes, developed cracks even before their completion in June.

The sections, that are built in Dong Nai province are yet to be transported to HCM City, will be placed 12m under the river with a layer of sand and gravel on top.-