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.
Marine Department officers failed to detect a missing watertight door on the Lamma IV because they were not alert enough and failed to communicate, its lawyer admitted yesterday.Tuesday, 12 March, 2013, 4:40am
The lack of proper lookout or the possibility of “reckless gambling” in the form of a who-blinks-first game between the coxswains of both vessels could be the cause of the disastrous collision off Lamma Island last year, the counsel for the commission of inquiry said in his final submission on Monday.11 Mar 2013 - 11:22pm
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
Ballast that added 30 per cent to the weight of the Lamma IV made the vessel "sink like the Titanic" after its collision with the ferry Sea Smooth, an inquiry into the National Day sea tragedy heard yesterday.7 Mar 2013 - 4:13am
The person who approves a ship’s drawing plans in the future should also be the one who inspects the ship, a naval expert testifying at the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster said on Wednesday.6 Mar 2013 - 8:10pm 1 comment
A late action taken by the coxswain of Sea Smooth was an act of "last-minute panic" rather than a conscious attempt at averting a collision, a naval expert said yesterday.6 Mar 2013 - 8:39pm
The National Day ferry disaster inquiry is investigating when the wires were cut to two lights onboard the Lamma IV. Paul Shieh Wing-tai SC, the counsel for the commission of inquiry, yesterday said wires to a masthead and an anchor light had been found cut.5 Mar 2013 - 4:54am
The Marine Department never fully enforced a 2008 law increasing the number of life jackets on boats for both adults and children until after 39 people died in the Lamma ferry tragedy, it emerged at the commission of inquiry yesterday.2 Mar 2013 - 3:52am
The coxswain of the Sea Smooth ferry insisted he had turned right to avoid colliding with the Lamma IV, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday. Lai Sai-ming's testimony was contrary to evidence previously presented in court that he had wrongly turned left, resulting in the fatal accident.1 Mar 2013 - 5:35am
The coxswain of the Sea Smooth ferry insisted it was a safe to sail without looking at the radar during fine weather, the commission of inquiry into the National Day disaster heard yesterday.28 Feb 2013 - 4:25am
The coxswain of the Sea Smooth said on Wednesday that he would continue his testimony without legal representation to the commission of inquiry into the fatal Lamma ferry collision last October 1.
The Sea Smooth collided with the Lamma IV, leaving 31 adults and eight children aboard the Lamma IV dead.27 Feb 2013 - 7:42pm
Two Sea Smooth crew members never considered that passengers from the Lamma IV might be in the sea and need rescuing after the vessels collided, the commission of inquiry heard yesterday.
Sailor Wong Tai-yau and engineer Lo Pui-kay were quizzed by lawyers over their actions after the two ferries collided, and why the Sea Smooth had sailed away.27 Feb 2013 - 4:29am
The legal team for the owner and crew of the ferry Sea Smooth at the inquiry into the Lamma sea tragedy has withdrawn from representing the coxswain, engineer and two sailors, citing a potential conflict of interest.26 Feb 2013 - 5:52am
The captain of the Sea Smooth yesterday broke his silence over the Lamma ferry tragedy for the first time.
Lai Sai-ming has even refused to talk to the police since being arrested in hospital for endangering the safety of others the morning after the Sea Smooth was in a collision with Hongkong Electric's Lamma IV.23 Feb 2013 - 4:14am
A sailor on one of the ferries involved in the fatal Lamma Island ferry collision made contradictory statements to the commission of inquiry on Friday on whether or not he had alerted the coxswain about the approaching Sea Smooth vessel, with which it eventually collided22 Feb 2013 - 8:05pm