No dull day for marine surveyors

The chance of receiving an occasional phone call in the early hours of the morning to attend to a marine emergency is just another part of Pang Mei-ho's responsibility as a surveyor of the seas.

Saturday, 16 June, 2012, 12:00am

Bottom feeders

Imagine you've invested in an eco-resort. You walk from your villa down to the river and are shocked to find a noisy barge dredging sand from the riverbed. As horrifying as it sounds, it was a reality for Janet Newman, a former criminal barrister from England, who, in 2008, created an eco-resort replete with solar panels on the Tatai River in Cambodia's Cardamom mountains.

25 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Mass dredging works raise fears for harbour

A host of big engineering projects due to start beneath the waters of Victoria Harbour this year and next have raised fears over what effects the collective dredging operation might have on marine life and water quality.

5 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Dredging to make way for mega ships

Kwai Tsing Container Terminals, the world's third-busiest port, is to carry out a massive dredging operation to accommodate a new generation of mega vessels, a senior official from the Transport and Housing Bureau said yesterday.

15 May 2008 - 12:00am

Guangdong battles to stop excessive sand mining

When a sand barge smashed into the Jiujiang Bridge on the Xi River last month, the collision not only killed nine people and brought down part of the bridge, it also halted Qingyuan businessman Xin Ge's sand-mining operation 200km away on the Bei River.

29 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Solid foundations

Name: Harry Yu Wai-pong Age: 29 Occupation: Civil engineer

Young Post: How did you become a civil engineer?

Yu: I completed my degree in civil and structural engineering at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in 1999. I began working as a graduate engineer at Maunsell Geotechnical Services.

YP: What does your company do?

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

It don't mean a thing if you ain't got that swing

Professional golfers must love playing in pro-ams. Get in a stress-free round of golf and know the course a bit better, have a few laughs with a couple of hackers and then top it all off with an evening of dinner and drinks in a scenic Hong Kong harbour-front restaurant.

6 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Sea drama for swashbuckling activists

Greenpeace fails in mission to collect toxic mud from dredger

Pirates of the Caribbean it wasn't, but Greenpeace's boarding of the barges busily reclaiming Victoria Harbour yesterday certainly provided its share of action.

30 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


Harbour pilot Howard Lau Hon-kwong has had his licence suspended for six months after the collision of a container ship and a Hong Kong dredger. An inquiry concluded Mr Lau had failed to ensure the safe passage of the Kota Hadiah, which collided with dredger A. M. Vella west of Ma Wan on March 12 last year. The dredger sank and six Russians and two Hong Kong crew members died.

8 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Death-crash vessel 'altered course'

The captain of a container ship involved in a collision with a dredger off Hong Kong in which eight seamen died told a judicial inquiry into the accident yesterday the two vessels had agreed on how to pass each other just three minutes before they crashed.

4 Sep 2002 - 12:00am

Memorial service for dredger victims

The Russian Consulate will hold a memorial service today for Chinese and Russian sailors lost in a collision between a dredger and container ship. Eight sailors are dead or missing after the collision last Tuesday night. Only three bodies have been found. The 5pm service will be led by the Greek Orthodox Archbishop of Hong Kong, Metropolitan Nikitas.

19 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Russian seaman's body found

The body of a Russian seaman who was among eight dead or missing after last week's collision between a dredger and a container vessel was recovered yesterday.

His body was found in the sea 2km from Siu Mo To, northeast of Chek Lap Kok airport, and was recovered by a Marine Police vessel. One other body was found hours after last Tuesday's collision.

18 Mar 2002 - 12:00am

Fishing fleet protests over dredging compensation

Fishermen aboard more than 200 boats protested in Victoria Harbour yesterday over compensation levels for dredging on the Disney and Container Terminal 9 projects.

The fishermen said their livelihoods were also being put at risk by proposals to set up a marine park where fishing would be banned off the Soko Islands, south of Lantau.

1 Aug 2001 - 12:00am

Disneyland threat as dredging halted

Reclamation work for the Disneyland project could be delayed after the Government suspended sand extraction from Po Toi for environmental reasons.

The contractor and the administration are both anxious to speed-up the work, which under an agreement with Disney, has to be completed by January 2003.

15 Jun 2001 - 12:00am

Mud dumper went for cheaper option

Saving money was the main concern when a Container Terminal 9 dredging contractor decided to dump toxic mud in mainland waters, an appeal board heard yesterday.

21 Feb 2001 - 12:00am