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  1. Comment - Insight & Opinion

    Hong Kong's maritime management all at sea

    Posted Jun 02nd 2013, 12:00am by Philip Bowring

    ... according to Rule 9 of International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, different collision avoidance principles apply than in open waters. Given that Hong Kong waters are not large, ... channel" and inform mariners of it. But there is nothing marked on the department's charts or in any of its notices to shipping to indicate that the sea where the accident happened ...

    http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/1251544/hong-kongs-maritime-management-all-sea
  2. News - Hong Kong - LAMMA DISASTER

    Sea training institute 'has few qualified teachers and offers too few courses'

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

    ... classes, there will be people working at sea who wanted to learn radar but did not have the chance. This could create a risk at sea," Chow said. Director of Marine Francis Liu Hon-por said ... of this year, and only a few people were on the waiting list for the next class. Sea school 'has few qualified instructors' ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1227134/sea-training-institute-has-few-qualified-teachers-and-offers-too-few
  3. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1180396/sea-smooths-late-turn-made-panic-expert
  4. News - Hong Kong

    Sea Smooth coxswain continues testimony without legal representation

    Posted Feb 27th 2013, 03:34pm by Simpson Cheung

    ... The coxswain of the Sea Smooth said on Wednesday that he would continue his testimony without legal representation to the commission of inquiry into the fatal Lamma ferry collision last October 1. The Sea Smooth collided with the Lamma IV, leaving 31 adults and eight children aboard the Lamma IV dead. Charles Sussex SC on Monday he would continue to represent the owner of the Sea ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1159798/sea-smooth-coxswain-continues-testimony-without-legal-representation
  5. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1163713/i-turned-right-not-left-says-sea-smooth-coxswain
  6. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1160371/sea-smooth-coxswain-it-was-safe-not-use-radar
  7. 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 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1159290/sea-smooth-pair-we-didnt-think-lamma-iv-passengers-were-overboard
  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY TRAGEDY INQUIRY

    Sea Smooth sailors lose counsel in Lamma ferry inquiry

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

    ... of the ferry Sea Smooth at the inquiry into the Lamma sea tragedy has withdrawn from representing the coxswain, engineer and two sailors, citing a potential conflict of interest. The withdrawal ... to consider. Lunn ordered Lai to return to the commission today to give his decision and proceeded to hear from Sea Smooth crew member Wong Tai-yau. The ferry operator refused to comment on the reason ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1158528/sea-smooth-sailors-lose-counsel
  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY TRAGEDY

    Sea Smooth captain breaks silence over death crash

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

    ... Skipper appears at inquiry after refusing to talk to police since the fatal collision The captain of the Sea Smooth yesterday broke his silence over the Lamma ferry tragedy for the first time. Lai Sai-ming has even refused to talk to the police since being arrested in hospital for endangering the safety of others the morning after the Sea Smooth was in a collision with Hongkong ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1156519/sea-smooth-captain-breaks-silence-over-death-crash
  10. News - Hong Kong - LAMMA DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV coxswain 'made full turn' to avoid Sea Smooth

    Posted Feb 20th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Coxswain insists he saw Sea Smooth on the radar and turned to the right, but record shows Lamma IV only changed course by five degrees The coxswain of the sunken Lamma IV said he made a full starboard turn when he saw the Sea Smooth ferry approaching a minute before the vessels collided, a commission of inquiry into the National Day tragedy heard. But the radar record shows ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/article/1154131/lamma-iv-coxswain-made-full-turn-avoid-sea-smooth

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