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25th January 2015

Singapore Economy

Singapore to be home of world's first green berths

The world's first green berths made from existing berths and recycled concrete will open at Jurong Port in 2016.

Source: Channel News Asia / Singapore

SINGAPORE: Come 2016, Jurong Port will have the world's first green berths made of recycled concrete from existing berths and yards.

And to reduce the project's carbon footprint, the berths will utilise certified green construction materials such as green cement, green steel mesh and green reinforcement bars.

Upon completion, the berths will be 13.8-metres deep and better equipped to handle bigger vessels. Storage area will also expand by 3.1 hectares - an increase of almost 30 per cent.

The berths have been certified by the Public Utilities Board (PUB) as an Active Beautiful and Clean (ABC) Waters Project. The ABC features for the project includes a 100 per cent irrigation of its landscape using collected rainwater and the water's slow discharge into main drains to prevent flooding.

Earlier on Jan 16, Jurong Port also announced it will install solar panels worth S$30 million. "Construction of these green berths is one of several initiatives Jurong Port has taken to promote environmental sustainability," said Jurong Port CEO Ooi Boon Hoe.

He added: "This and other initiatives based on a green port study supported by the Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore will be implemented progressively."

In recognition of its efforts, Jurong Port received the Green Mark Award (Gold) from Singapore's Building and Construction Authority (BCA). 

- CNA/rw

Singapore Real Estate

Unit owners sue management of 101 building

Source: Straits Times / News

The owners of a pair of units in The 101 building on Beach Road are involved in a tangle of legal disputes with their property's Management Corporation Strata Title (MCST) and two of its council members.

They are suing the MCST, council chairman Mei Wai Luen and treasurer Tan Fung Chuan, over issues concerning the removal of air-conditioning compressors, unjustifiable fees and abuse of power.

The 101, a six-storey mixed residential and commercial property, had previously been in the news for illegal short-term leasing there.

Mr Tan, who owns several units, was accused of running the condo like a hotel, by subdividing his properties and renting them out on short-term leases. A Straits Times report in 2009 prompted an investigation by the Urban Redevelopment Authority and led to action being taken.

The latest legal saga to hit the building began in August 2013, when Mr Lim Kim Seng and four of his siblings went to court claiming that they could no longer tolerate the unreasonable conduct of the two current council members.

The five siblings bought the unit at 01-01 in September 2006 and are currently leasing it to a steamboat restaurant.

Court documents stated that it was only after Mr Tan and Mr Mei - both of whom could not be reached despite multiple attempts - were elected into the management council some time in May 2010 that problems started cropping up.

In March 2011, the defendants removed four air-conditioning compressors belonging to Mr Lim's tenant. Mr Lim alleged that, without air-conditioning, business at Tian Tian Steamboat was badly affected and the tenant, in turn, asked for a reduction in rent.

More problems arose when the defendants hacked the floor outside the restaurant, sealed up the surrounding walkway and threatened to remove the restaurant's gas cylinder, exhaust pipe and fire control panel.

Mr Lim said that did not stop the MCST from imposing a rent of $8,000 each month for the restaurant's use of the walkway on level one. The extra rent, which has been left unpaid, has increased to $244,193, inclusive of the arrears, according to court documents.

In his lawsuit, Mr Lim, 60, is seeking close to $500,000 in compensation from the defendants for the loss of rental income as a result of the defendants' wrongful conduct.

A court did give an injunction ordering that the MCST reinstall the compressors, remove the wooden boarding outside Mr Lim's unit, repair and install the floor tiles that were hacked, and refrain from removing other items the restaurant needs to operate.

However, Mr Mei was ordered to pay a penalty of $10,000 for contempt of court last October for failing to comply. He was also ordered to pay Mr Lim for costs of the committal proceedings, fixed at $15,000. When The Sunday Times visited the building last Friday, the obstructions were no longer there.

Said Mr Lim: "I have seen people moving out and selling their homes because they could not tolerate such unreasonable behaviour."

In another lawsuit, 68-year-old Leung Wai Chee, who owns a unit at the 101, is seeking damages from the defendants for allegedly stealing her air-conditioning compressors, forcing her to move out.

Both she and Mr Lim have also filed a complaint with the Strata Titles Board, asking for the removal of Mr Tan and Mr Mei from the council.

-By Joyce Lim