Stop complaining about our value-for-money ferries

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am

I am quite sure the ferry companies have tried their best to accommodate all parties, regarding which type of ferry to use and for how much a service can be provided without being unreasonable.

However you look at it, the fare to Lamma must be one of the cheapest - for any ferry journey, considering distance and time - in any metropolitan city.

I have lived on Lamma since 1996. The attraction was - and, to some degree, still is - being able to get away from the fast-paced environment of the city.

The island used to have more of a community spirit; all the establishments seemed busy, especially the bars, and no one seemed to care about the length of the ferry ride, which was under an hour.

The introduction of 'fast ferries' seems to have brought to the island quite a number of hypocritical individuals who, in one breath, rant about air quality and, in the next, demand faster fuel-burning ferries, and more of them, too. This allows them time to go to places like City'super and return laden down with shopping in plastic bags, before disappearing home for the night.

If a slow ferry takes too long and costs too much, the answer is simple: don't use them, or move somewhere else; nobody here will really care when you are gone.

However, you will have to pay far more for wherever you rent and you will probably end up paying more for transport to get to and from your hectic lifestyle in the city.

It would also seem as though some people will not be happy until we have an MTR station, a McDonald's and 7-Eleven stores.

The ferry companies provide a service to Lamma. Their operational costs must be huge and they do employ quite a number of staff. Would any of the people who selfishly complain that the service is not up to their standards be prepared to start up, and operate and maintain, a service better than we get now? Of course not.

Why should any company have to run at a loss? In the 11 years I have lived on Lamma, I can count on one hand the number of full ferries I have seen; this usually occurs during a typhoon.

Rick Jenner, Lamma