Harbour controls tightened
TIGHTER harbour traffic controls for the Lunar New Year fireworks display were announced yesterday.
The measures - including a seven-hour curfew of central Victoria Harbour, speed limits and waterfront pier closures - will come into force on January 24, the second day of the holiday.
Land traffic controls will be announced next week pending recommendations from Mr Justice Bokhary's report on the Lan Kwai Fong tragedy.
Outlying island ferry services will be suspended for a longer period than last year to prevent ferries clashing with pleasure craft departing from the display.
Marine police will close seven piers along both sides of the harbour for longer periods to prevent pleasure craft passengers disembarking before waterfront crowds could disperse.
A fleet of 22 marine police launches, five Marine Department launches and four fireboats will be deployed with loud-hailers during the display.