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  • Aug 28, 2014
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Maritime Safety

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.

Friday, 10 May, 2013, 5:59am

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

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

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

Letters to the Editor, October 28, 2012

Hypocritical views on mainlanders

I find it somewhat shameful to see both Hong Kong Chinese and expatriates using the word "mainlander" in similar vein to the word "vermin".

28 Oct 2012 - 3:10am 1 comment

Questions raised over smoke alarms on ferries blocked by smokers

A new safety scare has hit ferries to outlying islands: passengers are covering up smoke alarms in toilets on board so they can have a sneaky smoke.

28 Oct 2012 - 4:59am 2 comments

Talking points

Talks on ferry safety

26 Oct 2012 - 2:10am

Letters to the Editor, October 19, 2012

Safety at sea tightened after ferry tragedy

I refer to the letter from Vanessa Ng ("Government can learn from tragedy", October 16).

19 Oct 2012 - 2:12am 3 comments

Higher standards needed to make city waters safer

Having lived in Hong Kong for 30 years, I have seen the increase in restrictions applied by the government and enforced by the police on vehicles. Stricter speed limits, breathalysers and now tests for drugs, vehicle testing, more comprehensive driving tests, wider highways, the list is endless. Why?

11 Oct 2012 - 2:33am

Report warns of increased danger due to bigger, faster ferries

A report 15 years ago warned of potential dangers at the location of Monday's ferry disaster, it was revealed last night.

The survey came to light as another unpublished report, completed before the Lamma tragedy, predicted more people would be injured or killed in Hong Kong waters as passenger-carrying vessels get bigger and faster.

2 Nov 2012 - 1:32pm 1 comment