IPI to start removing crane next month

IPI has 201 H2B workers

Imperial Pacific International (CNMI) LLC is going to remove early next month one tower crane that remains atop the Imperial Pacific Resort building in Garapan.

IPI resident project director Jing Zhou told the Commonwealth Casino Commission Tuesday that IPI had signed an agreement with AM Group to take down crane No. 4.

In his progress report about Imperial Pacific Resort, Zhou said AM Group is going to have a subcontractor that will dismantle the crane starting early December.

There are four tower cranes at the construction site.

CCC chair Edward C. Deleon Guerrero has been bringing up with IPI during past monthly meetings the need to remove the cranes that are no longer needed.

Deleon Guerrero raised safety issues as it poses a danger to motorists and those walking in the area, especially during this typhoon season.

Zhou said construction work has been suspended at the site since the Department of Public Works issued a stop -work order on the company last Oct. 27.

Zhou said they worked with DPW Building Safety Code Division officers and DR Safety, which is the engineer of record and special inspection services contractor, to complete DPW’s requirements.

Zhou said they have a total of 201 H2B workers, excluding the 15 management staff. He said they have 63 Taiwanese, three Thais, 106 Mongolians, one Italian, and 28 Turkish workers.

Zhou said construction of Phase 2 of the tower hotel level 3 to 13 is expected to be completed on Dec. 31, 2021, assuming they have 2,000 workers.

He said construction of Phase 3, which is level 2 VIP gaming and Level 14 sky level, may be completed on April 30, 2022, if they have a manpower of 2,000.

Zhou said construction of Phase 4, which is the Beach Club, will start in February 2022 and they forecast it will be completed by Dec. 31, 2022, if they have 2,000 workers.

Ferdie De La Torre | Reporter
Ferdie Ponce de la Torre is a senior reporter of Saipan Tribune. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and has covered all news beats in the CNMI. He is a recipient of the CNMI Supreme Court Justice Award. Contact him at ferdie_delatorre@Saipantribune.com

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