Hong Kong Ocean Park announced the temporarily suspension of their cable car system during several weekdays in the month of September 2012. The Ocean Park cable car ride is one of the two major transportation means linking the two parts of Ocean Park “The Waterfront” and “The Summit” together. In order to ensure safety and reliability of the Ocean Park cable car system, the cable car system will be suspended for the annual inspection and maintenance during the following weeks:
September 3 – 7, 2012
September 10 – 14, 2012
September 17 – 21, 2012
Visitors are advised to take the Ocean Express Train to travel from the foot of the mountain to the top and to plan their trip to Ocean Park accordingly.
The suspension and maintenance period will last between September 3 and September 22, 2012. It is expected that the Ocean Park cable car system will be resume its normal service from September 22, 2012.
Recently, the helium balloon SkyFair Celebrations of Hong Kong Ocean Park had an accident and six people were injured. The accident happened on the 28th of June 2012 and the helium balloon suddenly sprang a leak and plunged about 60 meters to ground (it didn’t land on the landing platform but 29-meter away on the planter) when seven visitors and one Ocean Park staff were inside. Luckily although these eight people faced a life terror and six people were injured in this accident (five in the balloon and one on the ground), none were hurt seriously. This is the worst accident since Hong Kong Ocean Park opened 35-year ago. The SkyFair Celebrations is still under maintenance when this article is published.
Yesterday Hong Kong Ocean Park and The Electrical and Mechanical Services Department released the investigation report of the accident. The report indicated that “the incident was caused by the loss of helium as a result of the opening of the rip panel. The rip panel is located near the top of the balloon and is used for quick deflation of the balloon at ground in case of emergency (e.g. typhoon) to avoid hazard”.