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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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