Warning on Pearl Delta's easy prey
Lax cross-border communication means vessels crossing the Pearl River Delta are easy targets for pirates, security specialists warn.
They urged the governments of Macau, China and Hong Kong to work out contingency plans with ferry companies to deal with emergencies like the jetfoil hijack.
Managing director of Kroll Associates Stephen Vickers said proper communication was important.
He said: 'Police from the three places should meet and work out a contingency plan. Certainly the ferry companies should be involved.' He expected easier communication after Macau and Hong Kong returned to China but added: 'We cannot be too careful.' At present, there is only cross-border exchange of intelligence.
Operators agreed to ban valuable shipments by ferries in the wake of last year's hijack.
Senior marine officer Ng Kin-man, of the Marine Department's port services division, said extra metal detectors had been installed at the ferry terminal, one of the busiest control points.
Far East yesterday refused to comment on its security step-up.
Hong Kong Ferry said it had never allowed cash shipments.
Captain Chow Man-wai, 35, who was at the wheel of the jetfoil during the ordeal, is still piloting between Macau and Hong Kong.
He joined Far East about 51/2 years ago and had just been promoted to captain when the hijack took place.
The captain refused to comment yesterday.