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  1. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth’s late turn made in panic: expert

    Posted Mar 06th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Naval captain says skipper took fatal turn to the left, and that Lamma IV captain lurched right just seven seconds before crash A late action taken by the coxswain of Sea Smooth was an act of "last-minute panic" rather than a conscious attempt at averting a collision, a naval expert said yesterday. Captain Nigel Pryke was appearing at the commission of inquiry into the National Day sea ...

  2. 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

    ... Sea Smooth crew chief reveals he rarely checked his radar in fine weather, and had set its range to detect only nearby objects The coxswain of the Sea Smooth ferry insisted it was a safe ... use [the radar]. If the weather was good, then I would not," he said. The Sea Smooth's radar was set at a range of 1.2 kilometres when the collision occurred. Visibility was 9.6 ...

  3. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    I turned right, not left, says Sea Smooth coxswain

    Posted Mar 01st 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Sea Smooth crew chief insists he followed international regulations by making correct move when he saw the Lamma IV approach The coxswain of the Sea Smooth ferry insisted he had turned ... that as the Sea Smooth sailed past the beacon at Shek Kok Tsui, at Lamma's northwest tip, he suddenly saw a black shadow emerge just two to three ship lengths away. Immediately recognising ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth pair: We didn't think Lamma IV passengers were overboard

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Sea Smooth pair tell court they sailed away after the accident because they did not know there were Lamma IV passengers overboard Two Sea Smooth crew members never considered that passengers from the Lamma IV might be in the sea and need rescuing after the vessels collided, the commission of inquiry heard yesterday. Sailor Wong Tai-yau and engineer Lo Pui-kay were quizzed ...

  5. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth turn "absolutely the cause" of ferry disaster: expert

    Posted Feb 08th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... Maritime official says the vessels would have missed each other narrowly if not for the move A wrong turn by the vessel Sea Smooth was the "actual cause" of its fatal collision ... questions, after giving testimony in December. As he did then, he identified the Sea Smooth's left turn, moments before the collision, as the key mistake. "The actual cause of the collision ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth could have stayed to help Lamma IV victims, says expert

    Posted Feb 01st 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... The Sea Smooth was in good enough structural shape after its collision with the Lamma IV that it could have stayed at the scene and provided help, the commission of inquiry into the October 1 sea tragedy was told yesterday. "I don't believe there was any structural reason that [ the Sea Smooth] could not have stayed to assist," said Australian naval architect ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth crashed halfway into Lamma IV: forensic scientist

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

    ... Smears of deep blue paint were left near the centreline of the sunken vessel, says government forensic scientist in report The Sea Smooth public ferry plunged as deep as halfway ... vessels, reported that the Sea Smooth's port bow came into contact with the Lamma IV's port quarter at an angle of 30 degrees. "The foredeck of Sea Smooth had breached the side panel ...

  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

    ... of both the Lamma IV and Sea Smooth lacked a proper lookout. He suggested there could have been a "reckless gambling" of "who blinked first" - that is, staying in the path ... was as equally in the wrong as the Sea Smooth crew. He said the Lamma IV crew had acted with commendable bravery after the collision and emphasised that the traumatised survivors found it hard ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Impact 'more likely' to have separated boats

    Posted Jan 26th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... But government scientist tells hearing he cannot rule out possibility the Sea Smooth reversed Recoil from impact was the most likely reason the Sea Smooth public ferry and private motor launch Lamma IV separated two seconds after they collided, the inquiry into the Lamma sea tragedy heard yesterday. But government forensic scientist Dr Cheng Yuk-ki said he could not rule out ...

  10. 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

    ... Naval architect also tells hearing there wasn’t enough time for crew to evacuate passengers The Lamma IV would still be afloat with two gashes created by the Sea Smooth ... have been able to organise evacuation from the ship," the commission-appointed expert witness said. The bow of Sea Smooth had created two gashes on Lamma IV's hull during ...




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