Ferry companies shouldn't be subsidised while they burn dirty fuel

Ferry exhaust fumes are ghastly

Hong Kong Pollution Watch (HKPW) has submitted a formal objection to the proposal to build additional pier floors at Central Piers Nos 4, 5 and 6, which was due to be discussed at the Legislative Council Panel on Transport yesterday.

Saturday, 25 May, 2013, 2:53am

Ferry subsidies to push rents up further

Adding three floors to the top of the existing outlying islands ferry piers is not likely help to make it a worthwhile and affordable experience for people to reside on Cheung Chau. Photo: Felix Wong

I am a former resident of Cheung Chau. We moved there in the early 1980s as a low-rent refuge from a bear market so severe that even some stockbrokers, as I was then, had trouble affording Mid-Levels rents.

23 May 2013 - 4:27am 7 comments

DB residents on warpath over ferry fare rise

Ferry fares between Discovery Bay and Central increase by 9.5 per cent from today. Photo: Felix Wong

Discovery Bay residents yesterday protested against a 9.5 per cent ferry fare increase approved by the Transport Department against their objections.

12 May 2013 - 7:55am 1 comment

Discovery Bay ferry fares to rise 9.5pc from May 12

Fares for the Central service go up from May 12. Photo: Felix Wong

Under the new fares, adult Octopus card users travelling between Central and Discovery Bay would be charged HK$37 for each day ride, up from the current HK$33.80. Children, pupils under 18 who live there, and the elderly would pay HK$18.5 per ride, up from HK$16.90. At night, adults would pay HK$52.70, up from HK$48. Children, students and the elderly would pay HK$33.80, up from HK$31.

2 May 2013 - 5:09am 1 comment

Skipper's radar alert before crash

The damaged ferry at Cheung Chau pier. Photo: Martin Williams

The ferry that collided with a barge in thick fog on Friday night, leaving 39 people injured, did see a vessel on its radar but the crew are believed to have underestimated its length.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

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

Lee Kwok-keung. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A trade union chief yesterday criticised a lack of training in the local marine industry and long working hours in some ferry companies.

9 Mar 2013 - 5:03am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

A naked woman's body was found yesterday beneath a Cotai Water Jet ferry just off West Kowloon. A staff member on the catamaran called police at about 8am telling them a human leg was being sucked into the vessel's engine. 

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Letters to the Editor, February 17, 2013

HK$1 deposit for fluorescent lamps. Photo: SMP

The Environmental Protection Department's fluorescent lamp recycling programme provides public collection points for old fluorescent bulbs, although the container does not cater to longer tubes that some households, like my own, use.

17 Feb 2013 - 1:59am

City Digest, December 31, 2012

Macau officials said a woman, 60, and a man, 39 - the last of 26 patients hospitalised after a ferry bound for Hong Kong hit a buoy - have been discharged.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

26 injured as Macau ferry hits buoy

A young boy injured in the ferry collision is comforted aboard the Urzela. Photo: SMP

Passengers described a scene of chaos on board a high-speed ferry yesterday after it smashed into a marker buoy 15 minutes after setting off from Macau for Hong Kong. The crash left 26 people aged four to 60 injured - including nine Hongkongers.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Ma Wan ferry service's low usage means it had to be axed

Ma Wan ferry route had low passenger occupancy rates. Photo: Thomas Yau

In response to the letter by Sherry Lee, of Ma Wan ("Ma Wan residents left stranded by decision to cancel ferries", December 23), Park Island Transport Company Ltd would like to clarify several important points about its ferry service.

The company operated the Ma Wan-Tsuen Wan West ferry route for 10 years.

30 Dec 2012 - 6:05am

Long wait for Ma Wan buses

Transport problems for Park Island residents. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Regarding your correspondence on library services in Ma Wan, the lack of a library is the least of our worries given the major crisis residents face over transport.

23 Dec 2012 - 5:54am 1 comment

Report warns of increased danger due to bigger, faster ferries

Report warns of increased danger due to bigger, faster ferries

A report 15 years ago warned of potential dangers at the location of Monday's ferry disaster, it was revealed last night.

The survey came to light as another unpublished report, completed before the Lamma tragedy, predicted more people would be injured or killed in Hong Kong waters as passenger-carrying vessels get bigger and faster.

2 Nov 2012 - 1:32pm 1 comment

Tighter ferry safety laws in wake of tragic crash

People pay tribute to the victims of Monday night's ferry tragedy at Leighton Hill Community Hall in Happy Valley. Photo: Sam Tsang

Boat owners could be legally required to keep a passenger log and ensure children wear a life jacket when they take people out to see firework displays, under laws the Marine Department is considering in the wake of last week's ferry tragedy.

2 Nov 2012 - 1:31pm

25 confirmed dead in ferry collision off Lamma Island

An injured passenger arrives at Queen Mary Hospital on Monday night. Photo: Thomas Yau

A ferry collided with a kaito in waters off Lamma Island on Monday night, knocking passengers into the sea and triggering a major rescue effort. Authorities have confirmed 25 people dead. Acting deputy director of fire services, James Ng Kuen-chi, also said that as of 5am, 123 out of 124 passengers and crew on the boat had been rescued so far in waters near Yung Shue Wan.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am