Friday, October 12, 2012

HK ferry collision that took away 39 lives on 1st Oct

A tour boat in Hong Kong sank after a collision with a ferry, causing the boat to sink resulting the death of at least 39 people as up to today. The Llama IV, owned by utility company Power Assets Holdings Ltd., was taking its employees and their families to Victoria Habour to watch fireworks for China's National Day (1 Oct.) and mid-autumn festival, according to the Associated Press.

The boat trip was supposed to be a joyous occasion, but it quickly turned deadly as the boat collided with a ferry from the Hong Kong and Kowloon Ferry company and started to sink in less than a few minutes. As ordered by Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-Ying, the incident is under a full investigation.

Three days of mourning were declared starting 4 Oct Thursday.

Many of the accident is maritime discipline related, we will see if someone would have to be taking the responsibility f these 39 lives. May be it is time to look at the current regulation on Maritime rule discipline, may we need to control and to enforce certain congested waters at peak seasons such as Chinese new year, Christmas, mid Autumn festival…etc.
HK Snob

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