The gambling businesses in Macau are deciding to up their protection against the wet and wind that comes with the local storm season. This year, forecasts are predicting a turbulent period. In fact, as many as six typhoons are expected to appear in the waters around the enclave. The local authorities are getting prepared for the same eventuality.
Not long ago, a typhoon just like that had halted operations in the city and brought the casino industry to a standstill. Now, even the casinos themselves are getting seriously ready for the same eventuality. Two casinos are reportedly installing flood gates as a dedicated precautionary measure against these events.
Mangkhut, the typhoon that hit the area in 2018 was the strongest on record. It flooded areas like Coloane and Taipa, but also the majority of the city’s inner harbor. As a result, for the first time in years, the authorities and the casino operators decided to halt gambling. Now, Macau Fisherman’s Wharf and Ponte 16 are installing the floodgates, but also adding other upgrades. All of them should come very useful during either one of the upcoming storms.
Legend Palace, the casino facility on Fisherman’s Wharf stopped working for a month after the Typhoon hit in 2017. Pointe 16, in the ownership of the Universe Group Ltd., took damage in the storm. The damage hit the operator, SJM Holdings hard. It has the gaming licenses for these casinos. The work is currently going well, according to the Ponte 16 officials. Two months ago, the casino installed the mechanical anti-flood barrier. It protects the property from both sides.
It is one meter in height and it can be quickly up and ready to defend the space inside of it. The barrier also comes with its own drainage system. While it will not save a casino from total and cataclysmic destruction. It can mitigate or even avoid small-scale damage. Besides all of this, it is clear that the casinos are investing in a grim future. Thanks to the global climate change, storms and storm seasons are getting harder and more damaging.
Macau, because of its waterborne location is definitely aware of the same trends. The more of these individual casino safety investments, the more the city as a whole will feel safer during the critical part of the year. These could be tested soon. The first typhoon is expected very soon, while the storm season should end in October.
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