Protection of the Harbour Ordinance

Harbour protection pioneer warns of reclamation threat

Winston Chu at the Maritime Museum in Central. Photo: Dickson Lee

Winston Chu Ka-sun said while the current ordinance banning reclamation except in special circumstances offered some protection, the government would always be tempted to carry out further infill projects as it was the easy option.

Sunday, 17 February, 2013, 5:23am 1 comment

New harbour authority must reflect public interest

Skyline over Victoria Harbour. Photo: Nora Tam

There is no question that the people of Hong Kong own Victoria Harbour. The Protection of the Harbour Ordinance makes that clear. But it has never been clear who is ultimately responsible for managing and safeguarding their most precious natural asset. This has been left to various government departments with administrative power over one thing or another.

24 Jan 2013 - 2:40am 1 comment

Striking a balance in harbour project

Victoria Harbour has been reclaimed for property development and various infrastructural purposes. Photo: Xinhua

The Society for Protection of the Harbour thanks Commodore Joachim Isler, of the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, for his letter ("Yacht club's minor works on harbour serve public need", December 10) voicing his support for our work to protect the harbour.

15 Dec 2012 - 3:52am 1 comment

Yacht village may not be suitable

The proposed yacht race village will take up a substantial portion of the harbour. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Hong Kong public should be alarmed by the report ("Watchdog backs yacht race village", November 26) on the proposed "reclamation for a permanent breakwater of about 470 square metres" at the Wan Chai harbourfront put forward by the Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club.

3 Dec 2012 - 2:34am 1 comment

Public unity needed on safeguarding future of harbour

The burden of looking after the harbour and harbourfront should now be taken up by the community. Photo: SCMP

Your editorial ("The harbour's rightful owners", October 23) was completely correct.

The rightful owners are the people of Hong Kong. The Protection of the Harbour Ordinance now clearly pronounces that the harbour is "a special public asset and a natural heritage of Hong Kong people".

29 Oct 2012 - 12:53am 1 comment

Statutory harbour body still the goal

How times have changed. A decade ago, government efforts to fill in yet more of Victoria Harbour would have prompted outrage and the launching of a legal challenge. Last week, two stalwarts of the protection movement, Christine Loh Kung-wai and Winston Chu Ka-sun, announced that their mission had been accomplished, declaring yesterday's Walk for the Harbour would be the last.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Christine Loh - Public policy advocate

Boundless enthusiasm, perseverance and a searing intellect are just a few of the qualities that have made Christine Loh Kung-wai stand out from the crowd. After successful careers in business and politics, Loh has become a leading voice in the public policy sphere, particularly when it comes to the environment.

11 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Reclamation projects should be allowed if they lead to harbour improvements

The 'Proportionality Principle on Reclamation of Victoria Harbour', which was developed by the Society for Protection of the Harbour at the request of the Harbourfront Commission, recently attracted much attention both from the news media and the general public. This is because of the importance of the harbour to Hong Kong.

13 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Harbour campaigner extends olive branch

A prominent harbour protection activist has extended an olive branch to the government.

Ahead of a meeting of the Harbourfront Commission today, Winston Chu Ka-sun said he would not launch any more legal challenges to the government so long as officials respect harbour protection law and implement only projects involving small-scale reclamation.

7 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Harbour defender calls for easing of his own law

10 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Cross-harbour swim should not be revived until water is much cleaner

I refer to the report, 'Harbour swimmers to take plunge in October' (June 2), which the Society for Protection of the Harbour finds worrying. Although there has been improvement of the water quality in the harbour, as long as raw sewage is being discharged into the harbour untreated, the water is still unsafe to swim in.

7 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Free press ensured campaign to save harbour was successful

I appreciate the excellent letter from the British consul general Andrew Seaton ('Do not take press freedom for granted', May 3).

6 May 2011 - 12:00am

Maritime museum must not deprive public of pier access

I refer to the articles ('Museum eyes Star Ferry Pier site', April 22), ('Relocation to Central will not shut pier to ferries, museum pledges', April 24) and the letter by Stephen Davies ('Maritime Museum does not seek complete takeover of Star Ferry Pier', April 25).

1 May 2010 - 12:00am

Harbour commission would end government conflict of interests

I refer to your excellent editorial ('A harbour commission to right years of neglect'', August 11) regarding the proposal by the Harbourfront Enhancement Committee to set up an independent harbour commission to oversee the harbour and the harbourfront.

14 Aug 2009 - 12:00am


Thanks to government, harbour will not survive for much longer

The report and editorial ('Questions over pier that became a platform reclaimed from the sea' and 'Project makes a nonsense of rules on reclamation', December 28) have exposed the government's callous attitude towards reclamation.

4 Jan 2009 - 12:00am