China Is Constructing A £1.2 Billion High Speed Railway System Across The ‘Bermuda Triangle of Asia’

Chinese workers are presently constructing fantastic railway bridge in an area that has been considered a ‘no-go zone’ for bridge constructors.

The £1.2 billion Pingtan Strait Railroad Bridge spans across the extre,ely rough and dangerous sea off the coast of south-east China, a region that has apparently seen as  the location for the  mysterious disappearance airplanes, and boats and is dubbed the ‘Bermuda Triangle of Asia’.

Chinese engineers, who started on the project in 2013, are certain they could complete the colossal traffic link next year. And not only that, they have planned to run high-speed trains across the sloppy and mysterious water.

Mission impossible: Chinese workers are building a high-speed railway bridge (pictured) off the coast of south-east China, which is a ‘no-go zone’ for bridge builders due to high winds  +9

Mission impossible: Chinese workers are building a high-speed railway bridge (pictured) off the coast of south-east China, which is a ‘no-go zone’ for bridge builders due to high winds

Monster machines: China has built a team of impressive drillships and cranes for the bridge. One of then, the ‘Bridge Seagull’ crane vessel, is pictured lifting a 1,350-tonne steel beam     +9

Monster machines: China has built a team of impressive drillships and cranes for the bridge. One of then, the ‘Bridge Seagull’ crane vessel, is pictured lifting a 1,350-tonne steel beam

The mammoth Pingtan Strait Railroad Bridge connects Pingtan Island and its nearby islets to the mainland of Fujian Province.

The marvelous engineer feat is a project of superlatives.

According to stats provided by Chinese state media, the two-level structure is a whopping 11 kilometres long (6.8 miles) – 45 times longer than the Tower Bridge in London, or six times longer than the Brooklyn Bridge in New York.

To build the entire bridge, workers will need to use 300,000 tonnes of steel and 2,660,000 cement – enough for building eight Burj Khalifa towers in Dubai, the world’s tallest skyscraper.

Set to have an eight-lane highway on the top and a high-speed railway at the bottom, the two-level structure would be the first railroad bridge in China built over the sea and is designed to support bullet trains travelling as fast as 200/kmh (124/mph).

The construction conditions, however, are unprecedentedly challenging.

Impressive traffic link: Once the Pingtan bridge is complete in 2019, the Pingtan Island and the outlying islands would be connected to the mainland of Fujian Province via high-speed railway          +9

Impressive traffic link: Once the Pingtan bridge is complete in 2019, the Pingtan Island and the outlying islands would be connected to the mainland of Fujian Province via high-speed railway

Fan Lilong, the chief engineer of the bridge, told China Central Television Station that Pingtan bridge was the most challenging project he had undertaken in his 20 years of experience      +9

Fan Lilong, the chief engineer of the bridge, told China Central Television Station that Pingtan bridge was the most challenging project he had undertaken in his 20 years of experience

The Pingtan strait, a part of Taiwan Strait, is infamous for its high winds. For more than 300 days a year, strong gusts blowing as quickly as 13.8 metres per second (30 miles per hour) create towering waves as tall as 10 storeys.

The underwater drilling machines will have to withstand immense pressure up to 87 tonnes created by the ocean currents.

Fan Lilong, the chief engineer of the bridge, told China Central Television Station that Pingtan bridge was the most challenging project he had undertaken in his 20 years of experience.

Mr Fan said: ‘Pingtan Strait Railroad Bridge is the most difficult railroad bridge that is being built in the entire world.’

He said drilling pillars into the sea rock was the hardest of all.

‘I was trying to think of a solution even when I was dreaming. It seemed impossible – like putting a nail into a stone.’

Apparently, the stretch of water is also extremely dangerous.

The disappearance of 85  ships in the area in 2016 sparked speculation that the waters off southern China, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines could be a new Bermuda Triangle      +9

The disappearance of 85 ships in the area in 2016 sparked speculation that the waters off southern China, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines could be a new Bermuda Triangle

Chief engineer Mr Fan said the most challenging part of the project was to drill pillars into the hard rock on the seabed under immense underwater pressure  created by the ocean currents

Chief engineer Mr Fan said the most challenging part of the project was to drill pillars into the hard rock on the seabed under immense underwater pressure created by the ocean currents

This picture taken in 2015 shows one of the drillships putting a pillar into the seabed. The workers successfully laid the foundation of the bridge last November with 1,895 pillars

This picture taken in 2015 shows one of the drillships putting a pillar into the seabed. The workers successfully laid the foundation of the bridge last November with 1,895 pillars

Not far from the bridge are Penghu Islands, a Taiwanese archipelago which sparked the Bermuda horror in 2008 after multiple commercial and military aircraft had mysteriously crashed, said an earlier report.

After 85 freight and passenger ships went missing in a small stretch near China in 2016, theories emerged suggesting the waters off southern China, Japan, Indonesia and the Philippines could be a new Bermuda Triangle, according to express.co.uk.

Despite all, the Chinese are determined to tame the tempests.

In order to conquer the impossible maritime conditions, Chinese engineers designed a team of monster bridge-building machines for workers to construct the Pingtan bridge.

The Pingtan strait, a part of Taiwan Strait, is infamous for its high winds. For more than 300 days a year, strong gusts blowing as quickly as 13.8m/s create waves as tall as 10 storeys   +9

The Pingtan strait, a part of Taiwan Strait, is infamous for its high winds. For more than 300 days a year, strong gusts blowing as quickly as 13.8m/s create waves as tall as 10 storeys

When the bridge complete next year, bullet trains would be able to whiz above the choppy waters, bringing residents of the remote islands to the mainland of Fujian Province (file photo)          +9

When the bridge complete next year, bullet trains would be able to whiz above the choppy waters, bringing residents of the remote islands to the mainland of Fujian Province (file photo)

They include ‘Sea Power 801’, a powerful drillship that could drill into hard seabed with precision; ‘Bridge Seagull’, a crane vessel that could lift up a maximum load of 3,600 tonnes – or seven elephants; as well as tower cranes that could resistant tornados.

Commenting on his incredible fleet of equipment, a proud Mr Fan said: ‘All of the machines are made in China. Nowadays, as long as we want, we could build any kind of machines.’

Last November, Chinese state media announced that they successfully laid the foundation of Pingtan bridge – after drilling 1,895 pillars into the ocean.

Pingtan bridge is a part of the £2.6 million Fuping Railway Line, a new member of China’s fast-growing railway network that covers 88 kilometres (54 miles).

In the past 20 years, the length of China’s railway lines has nearly doubled, growing from 66,000 kilometres (41,000 miles) to 127,000 kilometres (78 miles).

China is also the country with the most railway bridges in the world.

The country’s workers have built over 60,000 railway bridges.

 

 

 

 

 

Nigeria Police Rescue Kidnapped Chinese In Ogun

The Police in Ogun State said they have rescued a Chinese national, Lee Qiang, who was kidnapped on Monday along the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway.

Qiang was reportedly kidnapped by six armed men around 5pm at Ogere while he was on his way to Abeokuta, the state capital.

It was learnt that the Chinese was rescued Tuesday morning by operatives of the Federal Special Anti-Robbery Squad (FSARS) in Ogun, who engaged the kidnappers in gun duel.

Spokesman for the command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, confirming his release, said the police overpowered the kidnappers, who fled with gunshot wounds, arresting one of the suspects.

“The man was going to Abeokuta from Kogi when they kidnapped him. He was in his vehicle with his driver. They kidnapped him for ransom but they were unable to get it because they were immediately hunted.

“The Commissioner of Police Ahmed Iliyasu dispatched operatives of the FSARS to the scene with a clear instruction that the victim must be rescued unhurt and the hoodlums apprehended.

“The team swung into action, combed the entire area and later located the hideout of the kidnappers. On sighting policemen, the hoodlums engaged them in gun battle at the end of which one of the suspects was arrested while others escaped with gunshot injuries.

“The victim was rescued unhurt. The arrested suspect is currently helping the police in their investigation, while the victim has been reunited with his people.

“The Commissioner Ahmed Iliyasu further appealed to the public, especially hospitals and health workers to report any body with bullet injuries in their area,”‎ he said.

 

SON Arrests two Chinese for Importing N5bn Fake Tyres

The Standards Organisation of Nigeria has arrested two Chinese nationals, Taolung Shen and Xu Jing Yau, who were said to have dealt in substandard tyres worth over N5bn.

The suspects, according to a statement on Sunday, were paraded following their arrest, and the sealing of the warehouse where they had been cloning different sizes of tyres under different brand names.

The suspects, the statement added, churned out the substandard tyres into the Nigerian market under brand names such as Powertrac, Aptany, Harmony, Duraturn, Bearway, City Tour, Winda, Glory, Chachland, City Grand, Grandsonte and Sunny.

According to SON, the suspects brought the substandard tyres into Nigeria by stuffing them into one another.

“Sometimes as many as five tyres were stuffed into one and the tyres would have bent and ruptured in several places, thereby looking weak and slack.

“But the Chinese adorned the tyres with new labels and shinny linings to create the impression of being new and healthy,” SON said.

Some of the tyres found in the warehouse had post-dated manufacturing dates.

The agency’s Director General, Osita Aboloma, who conducted journalists round the warehouse, described the tyres as dead on arrival, saying allowing the sale of such tyres in the country amounted to “surreptitiously taking away the lives of millions of Nigerians.”

He observed that by stuffing the tyres into one another and conveying them through the sea from China to Lagos, the quality of the tyres had already been compromised.

Aboloma also noted that the crude way the tyres were separated on arrival in Nigeria and the poor storage facility, without sufficient aeration, in the warehouse had further compromised their quality.

“The SON Directorate of Compliance intercepted one of their trucks on the highway, tracked it and then this.

“You can see the amount of danger that these people are posing to our people and our economy just because they want to make huge profit at the expense of the lives of Nigerians.

“It is a clear case of investing millions in illicit business in order to take away the lives of millions of Nigerians, to destroy the lives of millions of Nigerians. If we allow something like this, it will amount to killing Nigerians,” Aboloma said.

The DG said there would be no hiding place for people who dealt in adulterated products in the country.

“I want to reiterate that there is no hiding place for those who deal in substandard products as they would be caught and their products confiscated. Today’s feat is an example,” he said.

Aboloma advised users of automobile tyres nationwide on the need to be extra-cautious when making purchases of such products.

He urged tyre users to henceforth demand that dealers indicate the manufacturing dates on the receipts, so as to make the seller take responsibility on any product sold by them.

The Punch