Logistics firms eye artificial island at HK-Zhuhai-Macau bridge

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 4:29am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 15 July, 2014, 4:43am

A planned artificial island at the border crossing of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau bridge should set aside land for logistics facilities, industry insiders have proposed.

The idea was floated ahead of a government study to explore potential land uses of the 130-hectare island.

On top of hosting checkpoint facilities, the island was to create a "bridgehead economy", according to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying's vision outlined in his January policy address.

Yesterday, logistics businesses expressed hope of being part of that development.

"Manufacturers in the Pearl River Delta have bypassed Hong Kong. We hope the bridge will bring opportunities back to Hong Kong's logistics industry," Institute of Purchasing and Supply chairman Timothy Lam Ping-wah said.

Wong Yiu-man, technical director of BPS Global, added: "The border crossing will be connected to Tuen Mun by the Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok link, leading to the Shenzhen Bay border crossing and further to Qianhai. It is a very strategic location. If a small part of the island can be deployed for storage facilities, this can be of big contribution."

The government has earmarked sites across the city for logistics and industrial use, but the industry wants several hectares more on the island to fulfil expected demand.

Research into industry views on the future development of the island showed the city's logistics industry needed an estimated 70 hectares to grow in the next 15 years, the trade groups said.

Separately, the Development Bureau is waiting to start its planning, engineering and architectural study of the island, originally slated for next month and expected to be done by September 2016. Its application for HK$62 million to fund the project has yet to be approved by the Legislative Council because of filibustering of earlier funding requests.