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.

Ferry inquiry hears marine safety inspector testimony

A new photo released by the inquiry commission shows a gash and a jagged hole on the port side hull of Lamma IV. Photo: SCMP Pictures

The inquest into the National Day sea disaster continued on Thursday with a Marine safety officer answering questions on safety and the minimum required crew sizes for the ferries involved in the tragic collision.

Thursday, 24 January, 2013, 7:48pm

Lamma ferry disaster: another memory lapse over door

Fireman and police inspect the wreckage of the Lamma IV at Nga Kau Wan. Photo: David Wong

A fourth government ship inspector has said he cannot remember whether there was a watertight door in the aft bulkhead of the Lamma IV that might have slowed its sinking after a collision that claimed 39 lives.

24 Jan 2013 - 12:33pm

More questions over missing watertight door on Lamma IV

Marine Department staff inspect the Lamma IV at Nga Kau Wa. Photo: David Wong

A senior Marine Department ship surveyor was asked on Wednesday if the department’s officers were passing responsibility from one to the other over the October 1 sinking of the Lamma IV.

23 Jan 2013 - 5:37pm

Lamma IV seats fixed to plastic foam

Lamma IV seats fixed to plastic foam

The seats on the upper deck of the Lamma IV ferry carrying the 39 passengers who died in the National Day ferry disaster were not securely fastened, the commission of inquiry into the disaster heard yesterday.

23 Jan 2013 - 4:22am

Lamma IV passed marine department safety test despite inaccurate data

Ken Lo Ngok-yang, director of Cheoy Lee Shipyards which built the ill-fated Lamma IV, testifies yesterday. Photo: Edward Wong

The ill-fated Lamma IV ferry passed the government's safety test after its manufacturer submitted data from an inaccurate layout plan that showed six watertight compartments at the vessel's lower deck, rather than the actual five.

22 Jan 2013 - 4:09am

'Lamma IV's seats were secure, missing door never meant to be there': Shipbuilder

Ken Lo Ngok-yang

The head of the company that built the Lamma IV ferry involved in the fatal National Day collision told the inquiry into the disaster its seats were not designed to withstand a collision.

The seats were secured firmly to its deck, Ken Lo Ngok-yang said.

19 Jan 2013 - 3:11am

Hull of Lamma IV found to be weaker in last inspection

Ken Lo Ngok-yang, director of Cheoy Lee Shipyards which built the ill-fated Lamma IV, testifies at the Lamma ferry inquiry at the old Central Government Offices in Central. Photo: Edward Wong

The Marine Department found the hull plates of the sunken Lamma IV to be thinner than the design standard during an inspection in 2005 but the difference was regarded as being acceptable.

18 Jan 2013 - 6:13pm

Missing door on Lamma IV was not focus of checks: Ship inspector

Missing door on Lamma IV was not focus of checks: Ship inspector

A ship inspector for the Marine Department who had vetted the Lamma IV said he had not considered a missing watertight door a structural defect, a commission of inquiry into the ferry's October 1 sinking heard yesterday.

18 Jan 2013 - 4:19am

No regulations for seat fixings on ferries, says ex-ship surveyor

Fireman and police inspect the damaged Lamma IV. Photo: David Wong

A former government ship surveyor has told the commission of inquiry into the Lamma sea disaster that there is no specific regulation on how seats should be fixed to the deck of a boat.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:42pm

Vessels must be safe at Lunar New Year fireworks, Marine officials say

The Marine Department chief pledged to enlarge its patrols and increase safety awareness initiatives during the Lunar New Year fireworks display and the coming fog season.

"The Lamma incident was a tragedy," director of Marine Francis Liu Hon-por said of the fatal collision between the Lamma IV and Sea Smooth at a safety seminar, attended by hundreds of vessel operators yesterday.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:15am

Lamma IV would not sink, based on calculations: Ex-ship surveyor

Authorities survey the remains of the Lamma IV. Photo: David Wong

The Lamma IV ferry should not have sunk even if two of its below-deck compartments were flooded, a retired Marine Department ship surveyor yesterday told the commission of inquiry into its October 1 capsize.

17 Jan 2013 - 3:59am

Radar licence should be compulsory for seafarers: Lawmaker Gary Fan

More courses on radar operation should be offered to improve marine safety, a retired instructor at the Maritime Services Training Institute urged yesterday. He also said the number of courses had dropped notably in recent years.

Chow Wah-hoi, who retired last year after 11 years at the institute, said dozens of seafarers were on a course waiting list.

16 Jan 2013 - 3:45am

Open deck on ill-fated ferry 'overcrowded'

Francis Cheng Cho-ying. Photo: SCMP

The open deck of Hongkong Electric launch Lamma IV, which sank with the loss of 39 lives, was overcrowded on the night of the October 1 disaster, a senior company executive has admitted.

Lamma IV collided with public ferry Sea Smooth off Lamma Island as it took passengers to watch National Day fireworks in Victoria Harbour.

16 Jan 2013 - 3:45am

Full passenger lists planned for Hongkong Electric ferries

The damaged Lamma IV ferry after being towed to a beach at Nga Kau Wan, Lama Island, in early October.  Photo: David Wong

Hongkong Electric is developing a computer system to keep passenger lists on its vessels after the deadly sea collision on October 1, the commission of inquiry into the tragedy was told on Tuesday.

15 Jan 2013 - 5:00pm

No jackets so children had to use life raft

Francis Cheng Cho-ying

A senior Hongkong Electric executive said yesterday he knew there were no life jackets for children on the Lamma IV, which sank last year killing 39 people, including eight children, but he believed they could use the vessel's life raft in an emergency.

15 Jan 2013 - 4:21am