8,000 vessels won't have shelter during typhoons, study finds

Shum Wan Typhoon Shelter. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The full extent of the crisis caused by a lack of boat moorings has been revealed, with new government figures showing nearly 8,000 vessels will be without safe haven as the typhoon season approaches.

Sunday, 5 May, 2013, 5:03am 3 comments

73-year-old to sail single-handed for 600 days

Sven Yrvind in his workshop with his unfinished boat. Photo: AFP

Sven Yrvind always swum against the tide. When the 73-year-old Swedish sailor and adventurer was asked to give a talk in front of the Swedish king and queen, he refused because he wouldn't get paid.

17 Feb 2013 - 4:41am

Strangled at berth

A yacht crisis has hit Hong Kong: marinas are packed to capacity - there is a waiting list of at least two years for a berth at any of the territory's eight marinas; and costs are shooting through the exosphere.

20 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

The real menace in our waters

About this time of year, Hong Kong is visited by our regular commuting shark. The maneater cruises into our waters and lurks about Clearwater Bay, grabbing unwary swimmers. A couple of weeks later, he meanders away.

29 Aug 2006 - 12:00am

Dinghy offers cheap thrills

Zapcats have boomed in popularity in Hong Kong in recent years, offering high-speed thrills for a fraction of the price of buying and mooring a speedboat.

The state-of-the-art inflatable dinghies were invented by South Africans in the 1980s for river racing, but have since drawn a following among boating enthusiasts worldwide, particularly in New Zealand and Australia.

23 Apr 2006 - 12:00am

Ferrari failing to turn heads? Try showboating with this

If a boat is a hole in the water into which you pour money, those who really want to do it in style will be out in force at the Gold Coast Boat Show this weekend.

4 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Crime wave on seas sparks warning on water safety

The Marine Police are urging water-sports fans and fishermen to be more aware of safety and security at sea as summer approaches.

Serious accidents and thefts were common at sea, said Joseph Li, chief inspector of police with the Marine East Division.

3 Jun 2004 - 12:00am

First cars, now boats as middle class takes to the water

Notoriously unsafe waterways fail to dampen enthusiasm for the popular pursuit

China's wealthiest people are increasingly adding yachts to their shopping lists.

As the middle class grows, boating has become a popular pastime, along with other Western pursuits, such as skiing.

31 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Tolo Harbour has so much potential

I refer to Tim Hamlett's column headlined 'Recreational boating dream drifting away' (South China Morning Post, May 28).

I fully agree with Mr Hamlett. Why has Tolo Harbour not been more fully developed for recreational boating? The stumbling block, as far as I know, is that additional land and facilities for recreational boating are simply not available in Tolo Harbour.

8 Jun 2001 - 12:00am


I RECENTLY failed the Hong Kong examination for Pleasure Vessel Engineer Grade II certificate and would like to comment on it. This licence is required, along with a Master Grade II licence for every pleasure boat operator in Hong Kong waters.

1 Oct 1995 - 12:00am

Show of luxury for buyers at marina opening

THE largest, fastest, best equipped and most luxuriously appointed boats available in Hongkong will go on show next weekend at the first Gold Coast Boat and Watersports Fair.

4 Jul 1993 - 12:00am