Two Charged With Manslaughter In Hong Kong Ferry Disaster

HONG KONG, April 11 (Reuters) - Hong Kong police charged two boat captains with manslaughter on Thursday in connection with a ferry collision last year that killed 39 people in the city's worst maritime disaster in decades. The two were released on HK$20,000 ($2,600) bail each on condition they do not leave Hong Kong. The case was adjourned to May 9. A commuter ferry and … [Read more...]

Crew Involved in Hong Kong Ferry Disaster May Face Manslaughter Charges

The head of a commission tasked with investigating Hong Kong's worst maritime disaster in a generation ruled Friday that a series of public hearings can begin next week, despite objections from the city's chief prosecutor, who indicated he may bring manslaughter charges against crew members. Chief prosecutor Kevin Zervos had argued earlier that week that public hearings on … [Read more...]

Hong Kong to Tighten Maritime Safety in Wake of Disaster

Ten days after a devastating maritime accident killed 39 people in Hong Kong, the city's marine department said it has stepped up safety checks of boats and is considering more efforts to improve safety, including tighter regulations on the provision of lifesaving equipment. The Oct. 1 tragedy--which occurred when a commuter ferry collided with a boat filled with families en … [Read more...]

Hong Kong Ferry Crash Highlights Industry’s Woes

HONG KONG—Concerns over long work hours for ferry crews after last week's deadly crash highlight the difficulty in this Chinese city of attracting new talent to the industry, an unusual paradox given Hong Kong's historic role as a global shipping center. Last Monday night, a high-speed commuter ferry collided with a boat filled with workers and their families on a … [Read more...]