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Report warns of increased danger due to bigger, faster ferries

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.

Friday, 2 November, 2012, 1:32pm 1 comment

Sinotrans open to expanding its tonnage

Sinotrans Shipping is eyeing the acquisition of more dry-cargo and container ships and could expand by chartering tonnage, senior executives from the firm confirmed yesterday.

Li Hua, executive director and deputy general manager, said the firm's target of building a fleet of five to seven million deadweight tonnes (dwt) over at least the next five years had not changed.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Heavy weather ahead for world's container fleets

Global shipping faces a turbulent year as a combination of falling freight rates, ship oversupply and tighter bank lending create a perfect storm that could see a surge in ship arrests and corporate failures.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A great port character sails into the sunset

The port of Hong Kong is about to lose one of its great characters.

After four decades ministering to the welfare and spiritual needs of seafarers, Mission to Seafarers chaplain Reverend Peter Ellis (pictured) is retiring next month from the Mariners' Club in Tsim Sha Tsui to the northern English countryside.

17 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Reduced fee tipped to boost river cargo trade 20pc

River cargo trade is expected to rise 20 per cent with the introduction of a multiple-entry permit scheme that will halve the entry fees for inshore cargo vessels, officials said.

The fee cut, part of a new shipping law being gazetted tomorrow, will cost the government HK$35 million a year but the industry says benefits to the logistics industry will be far greater.

1 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Assurance on training of sailors after blast

Sailors are provided with enough guidelines and training to work on ships carrying dangerous goods, a Marine Department spokesman said yesterday, a day after the death of a seaman in an explosion.

24 Aug 2005 - 12:00am

Report into maritime accident recommends new identification system

Updated at 6.34pm: A new report into a maritime accident which occurred earlier this year has recommended that high-speed vessels should have an automatic identification system, a government spokesman said on Thursday.

The report was submitted by the Investigating Officer to the Director of Marine earlier on Thursday.

2 Jun 2005 - 12:00am

Customs hopes for smoother sailing

Four high-speed customs chase boats that cost $8 million each have had to be extensively modified because their original design made them unstable during pursuits.

The 16.4-metre speedboats have had their sterns and bows altered to improve their stability at high speed.

23 May 2005 - 12:00am

Maritime security revamp sets sail for the legislature

A new law on maritime security will be introduced to the Legislative Council later this month in response to the International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS) code laid down by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the seaborne trade's de facto governing body.

11 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

LETTER

An industry body that makes a report that comes to the conclusion that tens of thousands of seamen are being treated as slaves can hardly be called independent (Report blasts 'slave' ships, Freight & Shipping, March 7).

9 Mar 2001 - 12:00am

Hong Kong owners targeted in search for foreign ocean-going tonnage

The Jamaica ship registry is offering incentives, including registration of a vessel at any stage of construction, to woo shipowners to register under the Jamaican flag.

Rear-Admiral Peter Brady, director-general of the Maritime Authority of Jamaica, said only two countries offered registration of vessels under construction.

22 Nov 2000 - 12:00am

Rule changes aim to keep SAR up to date

The Government has proposed to amend seven subsidiary regulations under the Merchant Shipping (Safety) Ordinance to bring them in line with international conventions.

The amendments are to harmonise the survey and certification of cargo ships.

7 Feb 2000 - 12:00am

'Flag of convenience' fear dismissed

The Marine Department has denied the Hong Kong shipping register has been branded a flag of convenience (foc) but says the International Transport Workers' Federation does target Hong Kong ships if they are black-listed.

'This does not make the Hong Kong register a flag of convenience,' said Director of Marine Tsui Shung-yiu.

10 Jan 2000 - 12:00am

European port crackdown exposes unsatisfactory standards

Inspection of bulk carriers calling at ports in Europe last summer revealed unsatisfactory results, a shipping executive says.

Many were not up to international standard, said Hans Payer, chairman of the International Association of Ship Classification Societies (IACS), even the ships classed by IACS members, which were the majority inspected.

27 Dec 1999 - 12:00am

11 arrested after captains abused in diesel racket

Fishing boats and cargo vessels have been stoned and their captains abused when they refused to buy diesel from triad-operated oil barges, police said.

Marine officers arrested 11 suspected gang members at 3am yesterday, all of whom allegedly were involved in the physical and verbal attacks.

13 Oct 1999 - 12:00am

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