THE owner of Hong Kong's famous trio of floating restaurants has made a $15 million commitment to keep seafood cholera-free.
Shun Tak Holdings has contracted an Australian company to install a treatment plant at its Jumbo Restaurant complex.
The company wants to minimise the chance of a cholera outbreak similar to the one that hit Hong Kong last summer when water from the Aberdeen typhoon shelter was found to have been used to hold live fish in restaurant tanks.
'Fresh water for keeping livestock will be recycled and treated,' said Anthony Chan, Shun Tak's director.
'I doubt if there is any other seafood restaurant in Hong Kong that has even started to think about such a 'keep-clean' project to safeguard the health of its customers.' Shun Tak Holdings, a sponsor of this year's fourth-annual Business and Industry Environment Conference, is active in shipping, property and hospitality industries.
It owns three Chinese floating restaurants berthed in the Aberdeen typhoon shelter. These include the 2,300-seat Jumbo, the 1,500-seat Jumbo Palace and the 1,000-seat Tai Pak.
Business at the Jumbo Restaurant complex - and other Chinese restaurants specialising in seafood - suffered after the cholera scare.
The gross income of the group's floating restaurants in Aberdeen fell by an average of 15 per cent in the three months after the disease spread, compared with the same period in 1993.
Mr Chan said the group, which had net profits of $721.4 million last year, had the resources and responsibility to protect its customers and the community.
The planned treatment plant will include a new waste-water treatment barge and a sewage and waste-water collection system.
The Heal Group, an Australian protection manufacturing and consultancy firm, will design and oversee the construction and installation of the complex.