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  • Sep 23, 2014
  • Updated: 11:33pm

Lamma IV

Hong Kong's maritime management all at sea

In spite of the importance for Hong Kong of its port and shipping centre roles, all is not well in the jurisdiction of maritime affairs. The attitude of the Marine Department to the Lamma IV disaster is extremely disturbing and cries out for independent investigation, not the light touch expected from fellow bureaucrats of the Transport and Housing Bureau.

Sunday, 2 June, 2013, 3:59am 4 comments

Marine inquiry chief's Lamma IV link

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

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

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

Grieving mother of Lamma victim tells of happy days on island

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

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

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

Missing life vests strike sad final note

The commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry tragedy is set to decide whether Marine Department officers made false statements about children's life vests on the sunken Lamma IV after it finished hearing evidence yesterday.

13 Mar 2013 - 5:55am

Marine Department officers were not alert in Lamma IV checks

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.

12 Mar 2013 - 4:40am

Ballast made Lamma IV 'sink like Titanic'

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