Fast Ferry Scandal

Stop complaining about our value-for-money ferries

I am quite sure the ferry companies have tried their best to accommodate all parties, regarding which type of ferry to use and for how much a service can be provided without being unreasonable.

Tuesday, 25 March, 2008, 12:00am

How a city convention centre can resemble a 'fast ferry'


As big as four city blocks, built over both land and water, the expanded Vancouver convention centre is a building that reminds some of a ferry.

Not just any ferry, mind you, but the fast ferries that brought down the New Democratic Party government that dominated provincial politics in the 1990s.

16 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Late docking could be avoided

Further to Samantha Bell's letter regarding the punctuality of the New World First Ferry Services (South China Morning Post, March 29) and the impact it has on Lantau residents' ability to get to work on time, I would like to add that even for ferries that do depart on time, docking time at the destination is often delayed.

7 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Get tough with polluters

For passengers waiting for fast ferries at the end of Pier No 6 in Central, there is just one fan, a mere token of an attempt to make the waiting time for those wishing to travel to Cheung Chau more bearable.

14 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

New ferries unpopular

I know very few residents who are happy with the changeover of Lamma ferry operators.

17 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Nothing good to say about horrible ferries

Passengers are unhappy with the Hong Kong and Yaumati Ferry Company's (HYF) revamp of the fares and timetables of its outlying islands ferries.

At a time when domestics' salaries are arbitrarily cut and there are major lay-offs, this fine company ups essential transport fares by 100 per cent.

12 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

North European ferries prepare for big changes

The north European ferry industry is set to develop even more radically in the next three to five years, a report by London-based Ocean Shipping Consultants says.

4 Feb 1998 - 12:00am

FBM in China talks to build fast ferries

FBM Marine International is in discussions with three Chinese shipyards to set up fast-ferry assembling operations on the mainland.

24 Jul 1996 - 12:00am

Market for fast ferries to boom in China-HK

CHINA, including Hong Kong, is likely to remain the largest single market for new fast ferries in the world over at least the next decade, says Ocean Shipping Consultants.

In a report on 'The World Ferry Market: Prospects to 2005', the company says the continued economic development of countries in south and east Asia was funding a progressive expansion of ferry activity.

29 Dec 1995 - 12:00am

Avoidance best action

I WRITE with reference to an article about ships and ferries by Lambros Bakountouzis (South China Morning Post, December 9), in which he makes two incorrect statements: (i) 'Stopping requires engine reversal-except in the case of propulsion systems involving controllable pitch propellers.' (ii) (modern marine diesels) ' . . . produce very little power when put into reverse'.

16 Dec 1994 - 12:00am

Australia predicts boom for ferries

EXPORTS of Australian-built ferries can reach A$300 million (about HK$1,57 billion) in 1993-94, says Australian Trade Minister Peter Cook.

Senator Cook said Australia's naval architects and shipbuilders were responsible for most of the innovative design and technology in modern passenger ferries.

4 Jun 1993 - 12:00am

Austal wins $110m China ferry deal

WEST Australian aluminium-ship specialist Austal Ships has won a A$21 million (HK$110 million) contract to build three 40-metre catamarans for owners in China.

Austal has now sold 13 of the high-performance ferries valued at $91 million to Yuet Hing Marine Supplies of Hongkong acting on behalf of Chinese buyers.

29 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

China buys 19pc of ferries

HONGKONG took delivery of 5.77 per cent of the fast ferries built throughout the world last year, according to Fast Ferry International magazine.

China, which has been rapidly improving its transports infrastructure, took 19.23 per cent of them, the highest percentage in the Far East, the magazine said.

13 Jan 1993 - 12:00am

Wavemaster set to sign China deal

AUSTRALIAN ship designer and builder Wavemaster International is close to completing a deal to build two high-speed ferries for Chinese owners to put into service outside the Pearl River delta region.

Wavemaster managing director Mr John Mason said he expected the deal to be completed within a month.

11 Jan 1993 - 12:00am