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  1. 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

    ... to sail without looking at the radar during fine weather, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. Lai Sai-ming testified that he was not in the habit ... leaving the 15 knots speed restriction zone in Victoria Harbour. The Lamma IV's radar range was set at 1.6 kilometres, the commission had earlier heard. Lai was in court yesterday after ...

  2. 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

    ... 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 ... to assist with lookout duties before the collision. Lo had found it more comfortable to sit at the back. Lai was planning to meet his new lawyer after yesterday's hearing to seek legal advice. ...

  3. 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

    ... 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 ... and Australian standards, which required enough for all passengers. He also said yesterday that the seats on the Lamma IV could not be considered adequately secured, although the impact of the collision ...

  4. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV's cut light wires pose questions at inquiry

    Posted Mar 05th 2013, 12:00am by Joyce Man

    ... is investigating when the wires were cut to two lights onboard the Lamma IV. Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC, the counsel for the commission of inquiry, yesterday said wires to a masthead and an anchor light had ... Chung Siu-man, yesterday spoke to the commission about the vessel traffic services system. The system monitors marine traffic and provides navigational safety. It raises collision alerts ...

  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

    ... right to avoid colliding with the Lamma IV, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. Lai Sai-ming's testimony was contrary to evidence previously presented ... cause" of the tragedy, Pryke said. Lamma IV coxswain Chow Chi-wai earlier also said that Lai did not follow the regulation to turn right. Yesterday, Lai said that after the crash, he yelled ...

  6. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Four approvals despite lack of lifejackets

    Posted Feb 06th 2013, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... at least four times since 2007, even though inspections showed there were not enough lifejackets on board, the commission of inquiry heard yesterday. Marine law requires ships to carry one ... of inquiry yesterday, showed inspectors found only 92 adult lifejackets, and no child lifejackets, although the vessel could carry 232 passengers. The surveys were approved four times between 2007 ...

  7. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma IV Disaster Inquiry: 'I thought we had enough safety facilities'

    Posted Feb 05th 2013, 12:00am by Thomas Chan

    ... it sank, thought safety measures were adequate even though he knew it was not carrying children's life jackets, he told the commission of inquiry yesterday. "We had lifejackets under ... to Tang, his subordinate. Tang said yesterday: "At that time, how I evaluated the risk was I divided the passengers into two boats, even though one vessel could carry all the passengers. We ...

  8. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Missing life vests strike sad final note

    Posted Mar 13th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Last submissions after 50 days dwell on the children's life jackets that never were and the watertight door that never was The commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy is set to decide whether Marine Department officers made false statements about children's life vests on the sunken Lamma IV after it finished hearing evidence yesterday. It is now up ...

  9. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Lamma ferry disaster: Hong Kong lacks marine training, says union chief

    Posted Mar 09th 2013, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... Maritime leader calls for a mandatory lookout on passenger vessels, as inquiry draws to a close A trade union chief yesterday criticised a lack of training in the local marine industry and long working hours in some ferry companies. The criticism by Hong Kong and Kowloon Trades Union Council chairman Lee Kwok-keung came at the end of 48 days of evidence to the commission ...

  10. News - Hong Kong - FERRY DISASTER INQUIRY

    Impact 'more likely' to have separated boats

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

    ... 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 ... on their way to watch the October 1 fireworks display. Part of a report by commission-appointed naval architect Dr Anthony Armstrong, heard yesterday, said the two vessels were stuck together for two ...




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