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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.

Challenge to 'unfair' Lamma ferry disaster findings

Wong Chi-kin

A retired Marine Department ship surveyor is seeking a judicial review that he hopes will overturn a damning report which found serious failings on the part of the department over the Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 people last year.

Thursday, 25 July, 2013, 4:53am

New marine safety measures set for next year

Marine Department chief Francis Liu Hon-por. Photo: Dickson Lee

Five new measures to improve marine safety after the Lamma Island tragedy will take effect next year.

23 Jul 2013 - 3:15am

Hong Kong's maritime management all at sea

Francis Liu Hon-por, director of the Marine Department, apologised over the Lamma IV tragedy. Photo: Edward Wong

In spite of the importance for Hong Kong of its port and shipping centre roles, all is not well in the jurisdiction of maritime affairs. The attitude of the Marine Department to the Lamma IV disaster is extremely disturbing and cries out for independent investigation, not the light touch expected from fellow bureaucrats of the Transport and Housing Bureau.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 4 comments

Lamma ferry victims' families not happy with marine head's apology

The tragedy claimed 39 lives.

People who lost loved ones in the October 1 Lamma Island ferry tragedy criticised as "belated, insincere and involuntary" the Marine Department chief's first public apology yesterday.

One victim's relative, who requested anonymity, rejected Francis Liu Hon-por's apology, which he said was the result of political pressure.

28 May 2013 - 7:42am

Marine chief Francis Liu apologises over Lamma ferry disaster

Francis Liu, director of the Marine Department, bowed and apologised on Monday to those affected by the Lamma ferry disaster last October. Photo: Edward Wong

Marine Department chief Francis Liu Hon-por finally bowed and officially apologised yesterday for the Lamma Island ferry disaster, as the Transport and Housing Bureau took control of an inquiry into whether any government officials should be held responsible for the tragedy.

28 May 2013 - 7:42am 2 comments

Heartless treatment of Lamma ferry victims' families shames government

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung (left), secretary for Transport and housing and, Francis Liu (right), director of Marine attend a press conference about a report of the Commission of Inquiry into the National Day ferry disaster off Lamma island at government headquarters, Tamar. Photo: Dickson Lee

The release of a detailed report by an independent commission into last October's Lamma ferry disaster should have brought the saga to a close, but the handling of the aftermath by the government has been disappointing.

24 May 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments

Inspections identify six minor defects on local ferries

Only six of 304 vessels inspected after the National Day ferry disaster had problems with their watertight devices, the marine department said. And they were all minor issues, it added.

The department said it had inspected all the ferries and launches operating in Hong Kong following the fatal collision, which claimed 39 lives, and found that all their structures matched their plans.

23 May 2013 - 4:30am

Minister backs immunity for inquiry

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung. Photo: Sam Tsang

Senior marine staff would not be questioned as part of the internal investigation into the Lamma ferry tragedy unless new information came to light, the city's transport chief insisted yesterday. His remarks came in the face of criticism about the limitations of the Marine Department investigating itself.

22 May 2013 - 4:03am

Lamma ferry disaster relatives told 'marine chief expressed sorrow already'

Francis Liu Hon-por

The Marine Department insisted yesterday that its director had already expressed his remorse for the Lamma ferry tragedy following criticism from relatives of some of the 39 people who died.

17 May 2013 - 10:15am

Lamma disaster victims' families publicise angry letter to CY Leung

Lamma disaster victims' families publicise angry letter to CY Leung

Relatives of the Lamma Island ferry crash victims have publicised a letter they wrote to the chief executive, slamming the Marine Department for the accident and demanding an independent probe into its failings.

16 May 2013 - 3:40am 1 comment

Families of Lamma ferry disaster victims blast 'bureaucratic' chief executive

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Photo: David Wong

Families of the victims in last October’s Lamma ferry tragedy made public a letter criticising Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and other officials for not taking their concerns seriously.

15 May 2013 - 11:20pm 1 comment

Marine inquiry chief's Lamma IV link

Anthony Cheung Bing-leung, Secretary for Transport and Housing. Photo: Dickson Lee

The man in charge of a marine department inquiry into issues raised by the Lamma ferry tragedy was involved in inspecting ships at the same time the Lamma IV was passing safety checks - despite missing a watertight door, which was cited as the reason it sank in about two minutes.

10 May 2013 - 5:59am

Lamma ferry manslaughter case adjourned until June

Lai Sai-ming, captain of the Sea Smooth (left), and Chow Chi-wai, captain of Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV. Photos: David Wong

The manslaughter case of the two coxswains involved in a deadly Lamma ferry collision in October has been adjourned until next month.

Chow Chi-wai, coxswain of Lamma IV, and Lai Sai-ming, coxswain of Sea Smooth, faced 39 counts of manslaughter charges and appeared in Eastern Court on Thursday.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Culpability for Lamma ferry crash must be properly shared

Family members and relatives attend a Taoist ceremony to mourn the Lamma ferry disaster victims. Photo: Nora Tam

The report of the inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy calls for congratulations but also misgivings. Congratulations because the report - 186 pages plus 82 pages of appendices - is an admirably clear summary of an inquiry which had 113 witnesses and was provided with a mass of expert evidence.

5 May 2013 - 2:51am 2 comments

Alice Tai, Irving Koo to sit on marine reform committee after ferry disaster

Secretary for Transport and Housing Professor Anthony Cheung Bing-leung will chair the new Steering Committee on Systemic Reform of the Marine Department. Photo: Dickson Lee

A former ombudsman and a retired business executive will serve on a three-member committee led by the transport minister to advise the Marine Department on reforms after a ferry tragedy last year killed 39 passengers.

4 May 2013 - 5:40am 2 comments