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Maritime Accidents

Hong Kong's maritime management all at sea

Francis Liu Hon-por, director of the Marine Department, apologised over the Lamma IV tragedy. Photo: Edward Wong

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

Culpability for Lamma ferry crash must be properly shared

Family members and relatives attend a Taoist ceremony to mourn the Lamma ferry disaster victims. Photo: Nora Tam

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

Revealed: Shocking catalogue of failures that led to deaths of 39 in Lamma ferry crash

A catalogue of failures

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

Vested interests driving waste project

Artist's Impression of the Shek Kwu Chau Incinerator. Photo: SCMP

There were quick responses to R. E. J. Bunker's letter on marine accidents, which he believes would become more likely with barge traffic to and from the planned Shek Kwu Chau waste incinerator ("Incinerator will raise risk of collisions", April 11).

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 1 comment

Government must ensure full accountability for Lamma ferry crash

A Taoist ritual was held to mourn those who were killed in vessel collision off Lamma Island. Photo: Nora Tam

Following the death of 39 people when two vessels collided off Lamma Island during the National Day fireworks display last October, the Leung Chun-ying administration immediately appointed a high-level independent commission to look into the cause of the accident. The collision was Hong Kong's worst maritime accident in more than 40 years.

26 Apr 2013 - 2:27am 2 comments

Search for six missing crew after barges collide in fog

A rescue vessel searches for the missing crew members last night. Photo: SCMP

Rescuers continued to search waters off Wong Ma Kok for six people missing overnight after two mainland barges collided in thick fog near Stanley on Thursday night. It was the second major collision in less than two weeks.

19 Apr 2013 - 11:17pm 1 comment

Armed guards for fishing fleets, says hawkish ex-PLA chief

Luo Yuan

China’s current fishing fleets are too “loose and scattered”  alone, they are vulnerable to attacks, says Luo Yuan, a retired major general and vice president of China’s Strategic Culture Promotion Association.

18 Apr 2013 - 10:01pm

Letters to the Editor, April 11, 2013

A woman casts her ballot in suburban Jakarta. Photo: AP

The collision last Friday night between a Cheung Chau ferry and a barge off Hei Ling Chau was not unexpected, since this area is criss-crossed by many fast ferries to Macau and the islands, and slow-moving barge traffic. Fortunately, no one was killed, but this could have easily been as bad as last year's Lamma collision.

11 Apr 2013 - 3:03am 2 comments

Skipper's radar alert before crash

The damaged ferry at Cheung Chau pier. Photo: Martin Williams

The ferry that collided with a barge in thick fog on Friday night, leaving 39 people injured, did see a vessel on its radar but the crew are believed to have underestimated its length.

7 Apr 2013 - 5:28am

Briefs, February 17, 2013

A naked woman's body was found yesterday beneath a Cotai Water Jet ferry just off West Kowloon. A staff member on the catamaran called police at about 8am telling them a human leg was being sucked into the vessel's engine. 

17 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Briefs, February 12, 2013

Two teenagers yesterday appeared in Tuen Mun Court on a joint charge of arson for allegedly setting fire to umbrellas and other items at a Tin Shui Wai estate on Friday. 

12 Feb 2013 - 6:09am

'I was in a dire situation': Firefighter recalls dramatic rescue inside sinking Lamma ferry

Firefighters Chan Wai-ho (left) and Tam Kam-lun. Photo: David Wong

Thirty bodies were recovered by police and firefighters in the wreckage of the Hongkong Electric launch Lamma IV on October 1 and 2 last year.

9 Jan 2013 - 10:36am

City Digest, December 31, 2012

Macau officials said a woman, 60, and a man, 39 - the last of 26 patients hospitalised after a ferry bound for Hong Kong hit a buoy - have been discharged.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:35am

26 injured as Macau ferry hits buoy

A young boy injured in the ferry collision is comforted aboard the Urzela. Photo: SMP

Passengers described a scene of chaos on board a high-speed ferry yesterday after it smashed into a marker buoy 15 minutes after setting off from Macau for Hong Kong. The crash left 26 people aged four to 60 injured - including nine Hongkongers.

30 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Lamma ferry disaster survivors, families considering civil suit

The collision between the Lamma IV (above) and the Sea Smooth is now the subject of a commission of inquiry. Photo: Nora Tam

Survivors and grieving relatives of the 39 people who died in Hong Kong's worst ferry disaster in decades have held a private meeting with top justice officials as they consider a civil suit against anyone identified as being responsible for the tragedy.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment