Amphibious vehicle - the Quadski - to go on sale worldwide by 2014

The one-person Quadski can be driven on land or water. Photo: AP

Amphibious vehicles could soon be zooming out of James Bond's garage - or pond - and into consumers' homes.

Tuesday, 16 October, 2012, 8:40am

Defence ministry dismisses rumours of second aircraft carrier

The Liaoning may not become part of a specific fleet. Photo: AP

The Ministry of Defence yesterday dismissed media speculation that it was building a second aircraft carrier in Shanghai and that it would be launched late this year.

"Such reports are inaccurate," ministry spokesman Yang Yujun said at yesterday's regular press briefing.

28 Sep 2012 - 8:37am

Aberdeen: Sea life going under as tide turns

Fisherman Leung Siu-yung in Aberdeen. Photo: Jonathan Wong

The Chinese name for the Southern district enclave of Aberdeen is Heung Kong Zai or 'Little Hong Kong'. The name is also a synonym for 'Hong Kong Boy', and one who can claim that title is 53-year-old Leung Siu-yung, a fisherman born and raised on Aberdeen Harbour.

3 Sep 2012 - 11:36am

Making waves

As leisure activities go, owning a luxury yacht doesn't have the greenest of reputations. Motor yachts in particular are not fuel-efficient vessels and, in addition to all the energy used up and pollutants generated by their engines, there's the power required to provide air-conditioning and all the other electrical functions needed to make them a home on the water.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:54pm

Beauty on the inside

Benetti and Fendi Casa collaborated to produce Lady Lara, a 194-foot custom megayacht. Yacht buyers from the mainland prefer those with interiors by luxury brands, says Sunseeker Asia chairman Gordon Hui.

A sumptuous interior outdoes the need for speed among China's current wave of boat and yacht buyers, writes Richard Lord.

31 Aug 2012 - 3:56pm

Race on to build polar research vessel

China is making a big push to get an ice-breaker for Antarctic research built and steaming towards the South Pole within three years.

The State Oceanic Administration (SOA) signed a contract with a Finnish ship designer in Beijing on Tuesday for the vessel. It requires the blueprints to be ready in seven months and construction to be completed by 2014.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Fishing fleet on 'risky' mission

Nearly 9,000 Chinese fishing boats set off from southernmost Hainan province yesterday towards disputed waters in the South China Sea as a summer fishing break ended.

Analysts say the massive push is another step by Beijing to strengthen its sovereignty claims over the contested waters and is likely to further fuel tensions in the region.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Travellers' checks

London calling

22 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Bars, shops gain from carrier trade

Bar and shop owners are set to see a sales fillip after more than 6,000 sailors from part of the US Navy's George Washington carrier battle group arrived in Hong Kong yesterday for what was likely to be a five-day visit.

11 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Fiery dragons on the water

This Saturday is the Dragon Boat Festival. Rowers will take to flamboyant dragon boats to show off the rewards of their hard work over the past few weeks - and months.

Hosted by members of the Aberdeen Dragon Boat Race Organising Committee, two junior reporters were in Aberdeen last Saturday to try out the sport.

Our journey of discovery

20 Jun 2012 - 12:00am


Refitted aircraft carrier starts eighth sea trial

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Wow! The US$15m Adastra comes home

It's taken eight years, but Antony Marden's nautical marvel finally made it home to Deep Water Bay last week.

The Hong Kong shipping magnate wanted to build a superyacht to sail around the world. English boat designer John Shuttleworth helped him build one that pushes the boundaries of boatbuilding - the 140-foot Adastra.

3 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Supertanker crew aim to sue over hostage ordeal

Four former crew on the South Korean supertanker Samho Dream are planning to seek compensation in Hong Kong's Admiralty Court for the emotional trauma of being held hostage after the ship was hijacked and held by Somali pirates for seven months in 2010.

8 May 2012 - 12:00am

Ship recycling centre will be north China's largest

Dalian Shipbuilding Industry has teamed up with Angang Steel and one of Asia's largest shipping companies to launch a 3 billion yuan (HK$3.69 billion) ship repair and recycling complex that will be the biggest such facility north of Shanghai.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

The Titanic

Inside the ship

Boat deck

Fourth funnel

Not functional. Added for aesthetics but also provided ventilation

White Star Line pennant

Flown from 8am to sunset


Titanic's size meant it required very powerful machinery to push it along

Smoke uptakes

14 Apr 2012 - 12:00am