British company Apollo Fire Detectors (www.apollo-fire.com) has won the contract to supply the fire detection system for the Shanghai Harbour International Passenger Terminal in Hongkou District.
The installation will comprise over 4,600 devices, including a combination of Apollo’s XP95 analogue addressable and Series 60 conventional fire detectors and compatible interfaces. The entire system will be controlled by 2 eight-loop control panels and will also feature a graphics display.
Most tourists visiting Shanghai visit the old quarter known as the Bund. For those arriving by international cruise ship, however, the journey to this historic part of the city was rather complicated. In 2002, the municipal government took steps to change this by planning a project to serve as the premier gateway for the cruise industry, enabling more tourists to come in and more Chinese people access to international travel.
The large-scale redevelopment is situated in Hongkou District and covers an area of 3.66 km2. It stretches 2.2 km along the waterfront and represents an investment of 3.2 billion RMB (US$424 million). The impressive centerpiece of this project will be the Shanghai Harbour International Passenger Terminal.
The Passenger Terminal has been designed to airport standards, enabling it to accommodate large passenger flows. The building itself – a glass hemisphere in the shape of an irregular ellipse – is destined to become a new architectural landmark in the city.
The 130,000 m2 terminal is scheduled for completion in 2007 and will become operational by 2008. Comprising an 880 m long wharf that will be able to berth three international passenger liners of 70,000-80,000 tonnes at a time, its main function is the transfer of passengers to and from the ships, but it also includes offices, a restaurant, hotel and shopping centre, as well as other sightseeing facilities.