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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 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.

Friday, 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

Grieving mother of Lamma victim tells of happy days on island

Mourners attend a requiem Mass for victim Thomas Koo Man-cheung at St Anthony's Church in Pok Fu Lam Road. Photo: Sam Tsang

Lamma Island should be a place full of family memories for Irene Cheng, the place where her beloved son started a prosperous career.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Revealed: Shocking catalogue of failures that led to deaths of 39 in Lamma ferry crash

A catalogue of failures

The Commission of Inquiry said the department never fully implemented a 2008 requirement that the number of lifejackets carried should be equivalent to a vessel's capacity, and that the number of children's lifejackets should be equivalent to 5 per cent of capacity.

3 May 2013 - 6:21pm 1 comment

Sea training institute 'has few qualified teachers and offers too few courses'

Report into the Lamma ferry collision. Photo: Dickson Lee

Chow Wan-hoi, an instructor at the Maritime Services Training Institute for 11 years until his retirement in July, said at least six teachers did not hold the relevant licences when he worked there.

1 May 2013 - 5:47am

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

Is it time to scrap National Day fireworks for good?

The government's decision to cancel the National Day fireworks has alarmed some in the tourism trade while also sparking a debate over whether the display should ever take place again.

1 May 2013 - 7:54am 2 comments

Lamma ferry inquiry report blasts Marine Department

Lamma ferry inquiry report blasts Marine Department

In its report, released yesterday, the Commission of Inquiry pointed to a "litany of errors" at every stage of the design, construction and inspection of the Lamma IV, which contributed to the rapid sinking of the boat.

1 May 2013 - 10:51am 10 comments

Government must ensure full accountability for Lamma ferry crash

A Taoist ritual was held to mourn those who were killed in vessel collision off Lamma Island. Photo: Nora Tam

Following the death of 39 people when two vessels collided off Lamma Island during the National Day fireworks display last October, the Leung Chun-ying administration immediately appointed a high-level independent commission to look into the cause of the accident. The collision was Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in more than 40 years.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 2 comments

Children's life vests still out of reach on ferries

A compartment with easily accessible children’s life vests. The Sea Supreme’s compartment storing life jackets for children (right) was locked last Tuesday afternoon. Photos: Simpson Cheung

Six months after the fatal ferry crash off Lamma Island, more than half the passenger vessels inspected by the South China Morning Post last week still kept children's life vests only on the main deck, and one even had them locked up.

Marine Department regulations require ferries to have all life-saving equipment located in easily accessible places and ready for immediate use.

23 Apr 2013 - 4:25am

Our celebrations need not always go off with a bang

The sponsorship search for this year's National Day fireworks show just six months after the Lamma ferry tragedy has sparked criticism.

It is supposed to be a day of celebration. But last year, National Day turned to tragedy in Hong Kong when two ferries collided, claiming the lives of 39 people - including eight children.

22 Apr 2013 - 4:52am