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Lamma ferry disaster

Lamma ferry disaster

Thirty-nine people were killed when a boat owned by Hongkong Electric collided with a ferry off Lamma Island on October 1, 2012. The power firm was taking staff to see the National Day fireworks display in Victoria Harbour when disaster struck, plunging more than 100 people into the dark waters. It was the deadliest boat accident in Hong Kong in 40 years.

Lamma IV turned faster as crash with Sea Smooth neared, ex-Nato consultant tells court

Defence witness Dr Rafal Goralski (inset) backed up his testimony, made in support of Lamma IV skipper Chow Chi-wai, using a 3D simulation programme he developed. Photos: Sam Tsang, Linkedin

The ill-fated Hongkong Electric ferry Lamma IV turned right and sped up seconds before colliding with a catamaran on National Day in 2012, a former Nato project consultant told the High Court.

Thursday, 22 January, 2015, 4:27am

Sea Smooth crew did nothing constructive, witness to Lamma Island ferry crash tells court

Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV sinks into the waters off Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island, on October 1, 2012. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Crew on board the catamaran that safely returned to shore after the deadly Lamma ferry collision in 2012 did nothing but panic when the tragedy occurred, the last prosecution witness told the High Court yesterday, describing the scene as "complete madness and mayhem".

16 Jan 2015 - 12:13am 1 comment

Lamma ferry tragedy hears from Costa Concordia expert

Anthony York (inset), who helped the inquiry into the Costa Concordia disaster off Italy which left 32 people dead in January 2012, described to the Lamma ferry tragedy manslaughter trial yesterday. Photos: Nora Tam, Brookes Bell

A naval architect who helped investigate the sinking of the Italian cruise ship Costa Concordia described to the Lamma ferry tragedy manslaughter trial yesterday how HongKong Electric's Lamma IV sank due to the lack of a watertight door.

13 Jan 2015 - 1:24am

Lamma ferry trial hears passengers screamed for help after deadly collision

Lai Ho-yin, HK Electric's recreational officer. Photo: Edward Wong

A recreational officer at Hongkong Electric who survived the Lamma ferry crash described yesterday how the company's trip to see the National Day fireworks ended in the deaths of 39 people, including eight children.

9 Jan 2015 - 7:49am

Lamma IV skipper said he had been rammed by ferry, Hong Kong manslaughter trial hears

Prosecution witness Dr Cheng Yuk-ki. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV informed a sister launch that it had been rammed by a passenger ferry, Sea Smooth, minutes after departing from the typhoon shelter on Lamma Island, a manslaughter trial heard.

8 Jan 2015 - 5:05am

Lamma ferry trial hears how water surged in when vessels separated following collision

Lamma IV sank vertically, the court heard. Photo: SCMP

As the two ferries involved in a National Day collision off Lamma Island separated, it caused a huge surge of water to flood into Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV, a manslaughter trial involving the two captains heard.

7 Jan 2015 - 4:34am

Ships' headings 'the key' to court's assessment of ferry disaster

Chow Chi-wai, captain of Hong Kong Electric's Lamma IV, appears at High Court. Photo: May Tse

The crux of a manslaughter trial of two captains involved in a ferry collision on National Day in 2012 will be in the court's assessment of the two vessels' heading, a defence lawyer said.

20 Dec 2014 - 5:03am

Sea Smooth’s left turn a ‘dangerous breach’ of global rules, court told

Sea Smooth captain Lai Sai-ming. Photo: Sam Tsang

A catamaran committed a "dangerous breach" of global collision regulations when it turned left shortly before a collision, an experienced skipper told the manslaughter trial of two captains of the disaster two years ago.

18 Dec 2014 - 4:04am

Doubts cast over navigation of Lamma IV in manslaughter trial

Audrey Campbell-Moffat SC, for Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming (inset), had earlier argued the catamaran's view of the Lamma IV was obscured by a fog light on the breakwater of a typhoon shelter. Photos: Nora Tam, Edward Wong

The navigation of HK Electric's Lamma IV did not measure up to international standards, an experienced captain told a manslaughter trial of two skippers at the centre of a fatal National Day collision in 2012.

13 Dec 2014 - 2:41am

Fog light may have obscured ferry before Lamma collision, court hears

Sea Smooth docks at Yung Shue Wan Ferry Pier after it collided with a ferry of HK Electric at the water off Lamma Island in 2012. Photo: Sam Tsang

The bright glare of a fog light on the breakwater of a typhoon shelter may have obscured a ferry captain's view of the other vessel before the collision off Lamma Island that claimed 39 lives, the High Court heard.

12 Dec 2014 - 4:15am

Lamma IV ferry 'could have turned either way' to avoid collision

Sea Smooth skipper Lai Sai-ming (left) and Lamma IV captain Chow Chi-wai have each pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and endangering the safety of others at sea. Photos: Edward Wong

Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV should have taken action to get out of the way of a second ferry roughly two minutes before their fateful collision on National Day two years ago, a veteran captain has told a trial.

11 Dec 2014 - 4:16am

Marine police's radar system was ageing, Lamma trial told

Marine police's radar system 'was ageing'

The marine police's radar system had been showing signs of ageing months before the National Day collision between two vessels in 2012 that left 39 people dead, the High Court heard.

28 Nov 2014 - 6:05am

Veteran British judge to preside over trial of captains in Lamma ferry disaster

Mr Justice Brian Keith presides at the trial of two skippers involved in the 2012 National Day ferry collision. Photo: Dickson Lee

A former British judge who handled landmark post-handover constitutional cases presides at the trial starting today of two skippers involved in the 2012 National Day ferry collision that killed 39 passengers.

10 Nov 2014 - 5:58pm

You have forgotten us, bereaved families tell CY

Followers of Tibetan Buddhism attend a religious ceremony on Lamma Island on the first anniversary of the ferry tragedy. Photo: Felix Wong

Relatives of the 31 adults and eight children killed in the Lamma ferry tragedy are accusing the government on the second anniversary of the disaster of having forgotten them.

In an open letter dated today and addressing the chief executive, the bereaved families accuse Leung Chun-ying of doing little to help them over the past two years.

1 Oct 2014 - 3:46am

First civil suit filed over Lamma ferry tragedy that killed 39 people

The Lamma IV is partially submerged in the sea after the October 1, 2012, accident in which 39 people died. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The companies and vessel captains involved in the 2012 Lamma ferry tragedy are facing their first civil lawsuit over the collision.

24 Sep 2014 - 9:58am