Seamen's courses cancelled
By GREN MANUEL
SAFETY courses for mariners are being cancelled through lack of interest.
The three-day courses cover first aid, evacuation and fire-fighting.
But they attracted only 54 crew members in the last academic year, compared to 97 the previous year and 189 when they started in 1991.
The courses are for crew on river-trade vessels, most of which are high-speed vessels going to Macau.
They were proposed after a jetfoil crash injured 88 people, including casino tycoon Stanley Ho, in 1988.
The jetfoil Funchal crashed into a breakwater in Macau harbour after hitting a submerged fishing net.
The courses are run by the Seaman's Training Centre.