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70 were injured in Hong Kong ferry crash

Ferry crashed into a mooring pillar after departure from an outlying island Over 70 commuters were injured-some seriously-after their passenger ferry crashed into a mooring pillar after departure from an outlying island before dawn on Friday.The Hong Kong Marine Department said some of the 76 injured on the central Hong Kong-bound ferry were airlifted to various hospitals, with one person in critical condition and two others seriously injured. In total, 10 of the passengers were hospitalized while most other injuries were minor.The ferry was carrying around 140 passengers enroute from Cheung Chau, an island in the southwest of the city that is also a popular destination for tourists. The ferry crashed into the pillar just five minutes after departing from the Cheung Chau pier at around 0515 local time, the government department said. Passengers told local television that many were asleep when the accident took place and were thrown out of their seats.New World First Ferry Services Ltd, which operated the ferry, said the skipper has 10 years of experience, but said it needs to investigate on the causes of the accident that took place in the dark though visibility was clear. The Marine Department said a preliminary report on ...

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74 injured in Hong Kong ferry crash

The cause of the accident was yet to be determined Seventy-four people were injured after a Hong Kong ferry crashed into a mooring pillar Friday, the city's marine department said.Of the injured, nine were in a serious condition and had to be air-lifted to hospital, Patrick Wong, a spokesman for Hong Kong's Marine Department told AFP."At about 5am this morning, a 29-metre long ferry carrying 140 passengers crashed into a concrete mooring facility by a typhoon shelter shortly after departing Cheung Chau," Wong said."The boat did not sink, but some people were hurt."The commuter ferry was carrying people from Cheung Chau, a small island off the city's southern coast, to the main Hong Kong island.Wong said an investigation into the accident had been launched, adding that visibility at the time was normal.The cause of the accident was yet to be determined."We were all thrown out of our seats when the ferry crashed -- people were bleeding all over, from the head, nose and lips," a passenger told local broadcaster Cable News TV."It was very chaotic inside, none of the crew came to help us, we had to help ourselves," another passenger told the station.Last year, eight people died in Hong ...

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Servicing of Life-Saving Equipment

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Servicing of Life- Saving Equipment as follows:The purpose of this Note is to inform shipowners, ship managers, ship masters, shipping agents and classification societies, of service stations in Hong Kong which have been approved by the Director of Marine for the servicing of life-saving equipment.1. This Note supersedes Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note No. 62/2006.2. Various cases have been drawn to Marine Department's attention in the past which have identified the unapproved servicing of inflatable liferafts at certain overseas service stations.In some instances, the servicing was so poor that the liferaft would not have functioned properly when launched and would have been ineffective as a life-saving appliance.3. It is imperative for the safety of life at sea that all inflatable liferafts are regularly serviced at stations which have been approved by both the Administration of the State concerned and by the manufacturer of the equipment to be serviced. Shipowners are also advised to ensure wide availability of authorised servicing agents before purchasing inflatable liferafts. The above advice also applies to inflatable lifejackets, inflated rescue boats, marine evacuation systems, hydrostatic release units (HRUs) ...

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Fatal Accident in starting Deck Hydraulic Winches

Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Fatal Accident in starting Deck Hydraulic Winches as follows:A fatal accident occurred on a Hong Kong registered ship at a repair yard, and the Chief Officer was killed by an unexpected movement of the derrick boom when he switched on the hydraulic pump of the deck winches. This information note draws the attention of Shipowners, Ship Managers, Ship Operators, Masters, Officers and Crew to the lessons learntfrom this accident.The Accident1. The derrick boom of the Hong Kong registered ship was damaged due to bad weather during discharging in port. The gooseneck end of the boom was dismantled. The boom was lowered down and secured across the forecastle deck by lashings at both ends with the cargo wire wrapped around the boom for the voyage to the repair yard. When the vessel was alongside atthe repair yard, the Chief Officer (C/O) attempted to slack and remove the cargo wire to prepare the boom for quick removal to the repair yard in the afternoon.2. At the time of the accident, the C/O was alone on the forecastle deck. He was standing in between ...

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Entry into Enclosed Space

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Entry into Enclosed Space as follows:Two similar accidents occurred recently on board two Hong Kong registered chemical tankers causing death of a Chief Officer and a Bosun respectively inside enclosed spaces. This Note draws the attention of the Shipowners, Ship Managers, Ship Operators, Masters, Officers and Crew of Hong Kong registered ships and Classification Societies the important lessons learnt from these accidents.The Incidents1. After the chemical tanker departed the discharge port, crewmembers started cleaning cargo tanks. Upon completion of tank washing, the bosun informed the chief officer that odour came from a cargo tank. The chief officer entered into the cargo tank, but he did not inform other crewmembers nor follow the permit-to-work system before entry. He was later foundunconscious inside the cargo tank and was rescued by crewmembers who entered inside the cargo tank despite oxygen level was still low. The chief officer died of asphyxiation.2. In another accident, the chemical tanker was berthed preparing for loading of propylene oxide, which required all cargo tanks, ballast tanks and cofferdams to be filled up with nitrogen before loading. The bosun was discharging water ...

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NYK Group conducts joint Anti-piracy exercise in Australia and Anti-terrorism exercise in Hong Kong

Anti-terrorism and anti-piracy training exercises The NYK Group conducts accident-response training exercises regularly and, to prepare for unforeseeable circumstances, the group cooperates with anti-terrorism and anti-piracy training exercises conducted in various countries to enhance the crisis-response capability of group employees. NYK Venus1. Anti-terrorism training exercise with the Hong Kong Police Force (HKPF)On July 26, NYK conducted a joint anti-terrorism exercise with the HKPF based on a scenario in which an NYK-owned containership, NYK Venus, is taken over by a terrorist group. From 2005, a similar joint-exercise has been conducted regularly for years by NYK and the HKPF.The exercise scenario called for the Special Duties Unit of the HKPF to dispatch high-speed boats and helicopters to the vessel, and to search for, find, and subdue the terrorists. Through the exercise, employees at NYK's head office in Tokyo, NYK Line (Hong Kong) Ltd., and NYK Shipmanagement Pte. Ltd. were able to reconfirm their roles for rapid response in dealing with acts of terrorism, including information exchanges with the HKPF and other related organizations. ACX Diamond2. Anti-piracy training exercise with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) On August 15, an NYK-owned containership, ACX Diamond, participated in an escort training exercise with a RAN frigate ...

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Guidelines for the control of ships biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Guidelines for the Control and Management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species as follows:This Note draws attention of the Shipowners, Ship Managers, Operators and Masters to the Guidelines, adopted by MEPC 62 in July 2011, for the control and management of ships' biofouling to minimize the transfer of invasive aquatic species.1. In July 2011, at its 62nd session, IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the "2011 Guidelines for the Control and Management of Ships' Biofouling to Minimize the Transfer of Invasive Aquatic Species" by resolution MEPC.207(62). The main purpose of these Guidelines is to provide a globally consistent approach to the management of biofouling, which identifies as an important means of transferring invasive aquatic species that may pose threats to the environment, human health, property and resources.2. The Guidelines as annexed to IMO resolution MEPC. 207(62) can be found on Marine Department Website at "http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnote/msin.html" attached to this MSIN.3. Shipowners, Ship Managers, Operators and Masters are advised to note the Guidelines.Source: Hong Kong Marine Department

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Guidelines for the Implementation of the Hong Kong International Convection for ship recycling

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Guidelines for the Implementation of the Hong Kong International Convection for the Safe and Enviromentally Sound Recycling of Ships as follows:This Note informs that MEPC of IMO at its 62nd session has adopted guidelines aiming to develop the inventory of hazardous materials present on board and the ship-specific ship recycling plan in accordance with Regulation 5 and 9 of the Convention respectively.1. In 2009, IMO adopted "The Hong Kong International Convention for the Safe and Environmentally Sound Recycling of Ships, 2009" ("HK Convention"), which aimed at ensuring that both new and existing ships, when being recycled after reaching the end of their operational lives, do not pose any unnecessary risk to human health and safety or to the environment.2. In July 2011, at its 62nd session, IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) adopted the following guidelines as required by the Hong Kong Convention:a. Resolution MEPC.196(62) -- "2011 Guidelines for the Development of the Ship Recycling Plan" ; andb. Resolution MEPC.197(62) -- "2011 Guidelines for the Development of theInventory of Hazardous Materials".3. The main purpose of these Guidelines is to provide with recommendations for ...

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Guidelines for Inspection of Antifouling Systems on ships

Hong Kong Merchant Shipping Information Note The Hong Kong Marine Department issues Merchant Shipping Information Note regarding Guidelines for Inspection of Antifouling Systems on ships as follows:This Note advises that IMO has adopted the "2011 Guidelines for Inspection of Anti-fouling Systems on Ships".1. The IMO Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC) at its 62nd session in July 2011 adopted, by resolution MEPC.208(62), the "2011 Guidelines for Inspection of Anti-fouling Systems on Ships", and revoked the previous guidelines adopted by resolution MEPC.105(49).2. The resolution MEPC.208(62) can be found as an attachment to this Note on the webpage of Marine Department (http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/msnote/msin.html).3. Shipowners, Ship Managers, Ship Operators, Masters and Classification Societies of Hong Kong registered ships are advised to note the information contained in the Guidelines.Source: Hong Kong Marine Department

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