Invention prevents ships from colliding with nearby bridges

Polytechnic University Professor Ni Yiqing shows off his intelligent surveillance system, which won top prize in Geneva. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Surveillance equipment to actively monitor ships and warn them of hazards could soon be fitted to bridges as part of a system developed by a local researcher to prevent vessels from colliding with the structures.

Thursday, 9 May, 2013, 5:45am

Thailand is Beidou navigation network's first overseas client

A Long March 3C rocket carries a satellite into space. Photo: Xinhua

A 2 billion yuan (HK$2.48 billion) agreement to promote the use of Beidou in Thailand's public sector, including disaster relief, power distribution and transport, was signed by the two countries in Bangkok last week, China National Radio reported.

4 Apr 2013 - 5:36am

Alarm system would have saved leisure boat, marine expert says

An anti-collision system was installed on the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry vessel involved in Monday's crash, but it would not have sounded unless the Lamma IV also had the device.

9 Oct 2012 - 5:21pm 1 comment

China isn't seeking to limit freedom of navigation in South China Sea

The Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs issued a statement this month on the freedom of navigation in the so-called "West Philippine Sea". It said that "the freedom of navigation is a customary right under international law" and "its existence does not depend solely on the will or assurance of one or any individual state".

24 Sep 2012 - 1:28am

Talking points

Our editors will be looking ahead today to these developing stories ...

US aircraft carrier group visits city

27 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Hot on the trails

One of the things that makes Hong Kong such an appealing destination is the possibility of keeping fit in the great outdoors. Now that the weather has cooled dramatically, I have spent the past couple of weekends hiking paths that overlook the vistas from the heights of Dragon's Back, Lantau Peak and Victoria Peak.

13 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

There's no time like my present

There are many reasons why I love running, but most of all it's because of its simplicity. Throw on a T-shirt and some shorts, lace up your shoes and your workout starts once you're out the door. It's not logistically challenging, unlike swimming or cycling, which I also do as a triathlete.

18 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Call for more warnings around rock

More hazard warnings are needed around Adamasta Rock in the middle of a busy shipping channel in Hong Kong waters to alert passing vessels, an expert says.

The appeal comes as an 87-metre mainland river-trading vessel that ran aground on Adamasta Rock on May 8 is still stranded in the Adamasta Channel. The Marine Department says the ship's owner is organising the salvage plan.

30 May 2011 - 12:00am

A winning strategy

I travel alone to and from work by bus the same way each day. The stops are opposite my home and office. There's nothing complicated about the trip and rarely does anything extraordinary happen. However simple it may seem, though, I always have a sense of accomplishment on arrival.

9 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Government should put GPS systems in all Hong Kong taxis

I have been living in Hong Kong for 11 years and I have found that you are lucky to get a taxi driver who is more than 10 per cent competent in English.

It is amazing how taxi drivers insist on correct Cantonese pronunciation before they will understand your address instructions. Then you have to make the correct pronunciation five times.

7 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Float your boat

Infusing a home with a nautical spirit involves more than just sticking a ship's wheel on a wall, or using a navy and white colour palette. An interesting new design trend focuses on taking elements involving sea life and weaving them into an interior. The result is jaunty cushions, artwork inspired by nautical knots and glass works informed by marine plants.

1 Aug 2010 - 12:00am

Ship surveyors entitled to receive civil service terms

Hong Kong's Marine Department offers an abundance of possibilities to local youngsters who have the necessary qualifications, experience and training, and are keen to pursue careers as seafarers.

2 May 2009 - 12:00am

From space to a place on the map

The idea of a computer navigating you to your destination was once the stuff of science fiction. The Global Positioning System (GPS) has changed all that, and it is now possible for drivers to get to any destination without the help of a map.

20 Nov 2008 - 12:00am

Stars to be just a few clicks away

Hongkongers will be able to control a space telescope by remote control over the internet after a HK$76.3 million Space Museum improvement scheme, its curator said yesterday.

29 Oct 2008 - 12:00am

Zooming in on the universe

Star Gazers

Fill in the gaps with the following words:

observatories, astrology, constellations

Watching the skies is an ancient occupation. The Sumerians who lived in the Middle East began studying the movements of stars and planets about 3500BC.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am