Ferry services between Hong Kong and Zhuhai suspended indefinitely in wake of Typhoon Hato
No end in sight to shutdown which began on Tuesday, with 280 services a week affected
More than 280 ferry services a week between Hong Kong and the mainland Chinese city of Zhuhai have been suspended indefinitely after extensive damage caused by Typhoon Hato on Wednesday.
Jiuzhou Port, on the west side of the Pearl River Delta, announced an extension to the complete shutdown which began at 5pm on Tuesday, on a social media account. At least 40 ferry services a day run between the port and Hong Kong, with four more on Fridays and Sundays that run to an outside island under Zhuhai’s administration.
“Following the severe effects of Typhoon Hato, all ferry services from and to Jiuzhou Port are suspended,” the notice said, adding it was unable to say when services would be resumed.
One resident of Zhuhai said he would now have to take a bus to Hong Kong, adding two hours to his journey
Affected passengers can claim a full refund online or in person at the port within a month, the port notice added.
Kevin Lau Kam-wai, a 38-year-old businessman who takes the ferry between Jiuzhou Port and Hong Kong around once a week, said he would now go to Macau and take the ferry from there.
“The only limitation is that the ferry departing from Hong Kong at 10.45pm will be the last one I can take to Macau because the Gongbei checkpoint to Zhuhai closes at 1am,” said Lau.
Chu Kong Shipping Enterprises, which provides 38 of the daily services, announced on its website that passengers could take a ferry to Zhongshan from where it is a 30-minute drive to Zhuhai.
Chu Kong, which operates ferries between Hong Kong and eight other cities in the Pearl River Delta, could not be reached for comment.
Shun Tak Group, which runs a daily ferry service between Jiuzhou Port and Tuen Mun in the New Territories, had no mention of any suspension on its website and was also unavailable to comment.
Ferries from Hong Kong to the outlying island of Guishan, which is under the administration of Zhuhai, was also shut down with no indication when it would reopen.