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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV would not sink, based on calculations: Ex-ship surveyor

    Posted Jan 17th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Ferry safe from going under even if two sections flooded, says ex-Marine Department ship surveyor who vetted vessel’s design The Lamma IV ferry should not have sunk even if two of its below-deck compartments were flooded, a retired Marine Department ship surveyor yesterday told the commission of inquiry into its October 1 capsize. But the commission had earlier heard three ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1129609/lamma-iv-would-not-sink-based-calculations-ex-ship-surveyor
  2. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lack of watertight door sank Lamma IV, inquiry told

    Posted Jan 29th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung and Clifford Lo

    ... compartments were flooded. The second gash was made by the large kinetic energy generated by the high speed of the Sea Smooth, Armstrong said. But a large opening on the bulkhead between the tank room and its adjacent steering gear compartment led to the flooding of the third compartment, which contributed to the sinking of the vessel, Armstrong's calculations showed. According ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1138163/lack-watertight-door-sank-lamma-iv-inquiry-told
  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth crashed halfway into Lamma IV: forensic scientist

    Posted Jan 25th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... for the commission, Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC, said "what started off as two holes from the outside [of the Lamma IV] resulted in the flooding of three compartments on the inside" because of a missing ... the flooding of the first two of its seven port hull compartments. The commission also heard that a Marine Department officer doubled the Lamma IV's minimum manning level from two to four in 2008, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1135425/sea-smooth-crashed-halfway-lamma-iv-forensic-scientist
  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV seats fixed to plastic foam

    Posted Jan 23rd 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... to the flooding of three compartments that contributed to the speedy sinking of the Lamma IV, Armstrong's report said earlier. Yu said the subjects of their inspections depended on instructions from ... compartment used by vessel builder Cheoy Lee Shipyards to test its capacity for flooding was only half the length stated on the drawings. Retired inspector Ho Kai-tak said he did not notice ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1133854/lamma-iv-seats-fixed-plastic-foam
  5. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV passed marine department safety test despite inaccurate data

    Posted Jan 22nd 2013, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... earlier said that a missing watertight door had led to the flooding of three compartments and contributed to the speedy sinking of the ship. But Lo insisted that the ferry, with only four ... by an independent naval architect appointed by the Department of Justice showed that the Lamma IV would sink when its last three compartments were flooded, given an 8.25-tonne ballast installed in 1998 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1133219/lamma-iv-passed-marine-department-safety-test-despite-inaccurate-data
  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    'Lamma IV's seats were secure, missing door never meant to be there': Shipbuilder

    Posted Jan 19th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... in and causing the screws to rust. Lo also addressed Armstrong's report that a missing watertight door had led to the flooding of three compartments and contributed to the speedy sinking ... when its last three compartments were flooded and with an 8.25-tonne ballast installed in 1998 at the ship's rear. Vessel's seats not collision-proof, its builder says ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1131210/lamma-ivs-seats-were-secure-missing-door-never-meant-be-there
  7. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Ballast made Lamma IV 'sink like Titanic'

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... of weight," Armstrong said. When the boat was built in 1995, it had "excellent" sub-division that would have allowed it to remain afloat when any two compartments were flooded. But when ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1183827/ballast-made-lamma-iv-sink-titanic
  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Marine Department officers were not alert in Lamma IV checks

    Posted Mar 12th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Ferry's missing watertight door went unnoticed due to human error, admits Marine Department Marine Department officers failed to detect a missing watertight door on the Lamma IV because they were not alert enough and failed to communicate, its lawyer admitted yesterday. The missing door caused three compartments of the vessel to flood and contributed to the rapid sinking ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1188658/marine-department-officers-were-not-alert-lamma-iv-checks
  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth coxswain: It was safe to not use the radar

    Posted Feb 28th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... calculation in the damage stability - the capacity of a vessel to resist flooding - of the ferry. The hearing continues today.   It was safe to sail without using radar, says coxswain ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1160371/sea-smooth-coxswain-it-was-safe-not-use-radar
  10. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lifebuoys should not be shared, naval architect tells ferry disaster inquiry

    Posted Jan 31st 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... when pressed. Armstrong accused the Marine Department of negligence because the Lamma IV did not have a watertight door, which meant it flooded quickly and sunk. He was surprised ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1139600/lifebuoys-should-not-be-shared-naval-architect-tells-ferry-disaster

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