Hong Kong is making more efforts to improve ship navigation safety in its crowded waters, with plans to add eight more speed limit areas.
During a maritime safety seminar held by Hong Kong Marine Department yesterday, the department proposed to set up four ship speed limit areas each at Tai Po and Sai Kung, adding to 21 existing speed limit areas.
In the meantime, the marine department has released a mobile app, eSeaGo, this month to help ships navigate in Hong Kong waters more safely.
According to the department, there were a total of 122 ship collision incidents in Hong Kong waters last year.
At the end of December, CMA CGM’s containership CMA CGM Norma collided with general cargo ship Yusheng366 near Hong Kong waters, which led to the sinking of the latter.
Last week, product tanker Aulac Fortune caught fire following a massive exploison onboard near Hong Kong’s Lamma Island, resulting in the death of three crew.