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.

Four approvals despite lack of lifejackets

Tang Wan-on, Hong Kong Electric's Marine Manager. Photo: May Tse

The Lamma IV was approved by Marine Department surveys at least four times since 2007, even though inspections showed there were not enough lifejackets on board, the commission of inquiry heard yesterday.

Wednesday, 6 February, 2013, 5:28am

Hongkong Electric aware of missing bulkhead

The Lamma IV ferry after the disaster in October. Photo: Edward Wong

Hongkong Electric accepted the brand new Lamma IV from a well-known Hong Kong shipbuilder even though a supervisor noticed it was missing a watertight bulkhead, the commission of inquiry was told on Tuesday morning.

Tang Wan-on, of Hongkong Electric, was involved in the ship inspection when it was handed over to the company by Cheoy Lee Shipyards, in 1996.

29 Aug 2013 - 4:13am

Lamma IV Disaster Inquiry: 'I thought we had enough safety facilities'

The man responsible for evaluating safety on the Lamma IV ferry, on the night it sank, thought safety measures were adequate even though he knew it was not carrying children's life jackets, he told the commission of inquiry yesterday.

5 Feb 2013 - 5:02am

Ferry disaster inquiry hears of survivor's last seconds with girlfriend

Ferry tragedy survivor Tang Ying-kit. Photo: May Tse

A survivor of the Lamma ferry disaster quickly lost hold of his girlfriend and two other friends on their sinking vessel, although they were holding hands, he told the commission of inquiry yesterday.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:57am

Sea Smooth could have stayed to help Lamma IV victims, says expert

Naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The Sea Smooth was in good enough structural shape after its collision with the Lamma IV that it could have stayed at the scene and provided help, the commission of inquiry into the October 1 sea tragedy was told yesterday.

1 Feb 2013 - 4:09am

Marine inspectors should have checked life jackets, lifebuoys

Naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong attends the hearing by Commission of Inquiry on Lamma vessel crash. Photo: KY Cheng

Marine department officials should have noticed there were too few life jackets and lifebuoys on Lamma IV when they inspected the ship, a naval expert told the Lamma disaster inquiry.

31 Jan 2013 - 5:02pm

Lifebuoys should not be shared, naval architect tells ferry disaster inquiry

Dr Neville Armstrong. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

A naval architect said yesterday he had never heard of a law allowing lifebuoys to be shared by two people, as suggested by the owner of the sunken ferry Lamma IV.

Dr Neville Armstrong also told the commission of inquiry into the October 1 sea tragedy that Britain and Australia required ships to carry enough life jackets for all passengers. Child-sized vests also had to be provided.

31 Jan 2013 - 4:41am

Absence of watertight door common cause of sinkings

Marine Department staff inspect the Lamma IV. Photo: David Wong

The absence of watertight doors in ships has caused at least 2,500 deaths in seven notable sea tragedies over the past 100 years, the Lamma disaster inquiry was told on Wednesday.

30 Jan 2013 - 4:09pm

Thicker plating may have bought more time before Lamma IV sank: expert

Passengers on the Lamma IV could have had "marginally more time" to escape if the ferry had been built with thicker side plating, a naval expert has said.

The vessel started to sink just 96 seconds after the crash with the Sea Smooth, Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong yesterday told the inquiry into the October 1 accident.

30 Jan 2013 - 3:47am

Thicker hull may have bought ferry passengers ‘marginally more time’

A gash and  jagged hole on the port side hull of Lamma IV. Photo: SCMP PIctures

There could have been “marginally more time” for Lamma IV passengers to escape from the sinking vessel if it had been built with thicker side plating, an Australian expert testified on Tuesday.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32pm

Lack of watertight door sank Lamma IV, inquiry told

Naval architect Dr Anthony Armstrong

The Lamma IV would still be afloat with two gashes created by the Sea Smooth if there was a watertight door between its compartments, the commission of inquiry into the October 1 ferry collision heard.

29 Jan 2013 - 4:32am

Force of crash made second breach in hull of Lamma IV

The gash and the jagged hole on the Lamma IV. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The high speed of the ferry Sea Smooth had helped it punch a second hole in the stricken Lamma IV, the inquiry into the National Day ferry tragedy heard on Monday.

28 Jan 2013 - 7:23pm

Impact 'more likely' to have separated boats

Dr Cheng Yuk-ki

Recoil from impact was the most likely reason the Sea Smooth public ferry and private motor launch Lamma IV separated two seconds after they collided, the inquiry into the Lamma sea tragedy heard yesterday.

26 Jan 2013 - 4:30am

Weight of 'two adults' could dislodge seats in Lamma IV

Dr Cheng Yuk-ki, forensic scientist at the government laboratory. Photo: David Wong

The weight of two adults was enough to dislodge loosely attached seats in the sunken Lamma IV, forensic scientist Dr Cheng Yuk-ki told the commission of inquiry into the ferry disaster.

25 Jan 2013 - 6:18pm

Sea Smooth crashed halfway into Lamma IV: forensic scientist

The Sea Smooth crashed about 3.5 metres into the Lamma IV, crushing rows of chairs. Photo: SCMP

The Sea Smooth public ferry plunged as deep as halfway into private motor launch Lamma IV, crushing rows of chairs on the vessel's main deck cabin in the collision, a commission of inquiry into the October 1 tragedy heard yesterday.

The process of the collision and damage to both vessels were detailed yesterday as the commission went through a government laboratory report.

25 Jan 2013 - 4:13am