Hong Kong’s Marine Department slated for ferry disaster

Hong Kong: The “highest management level” at Hong Kong’s Marine Department as well as a directorate officer and 11 non-directorate staff could all face disciplinary action following the tragic sinking of the Lamma IV ferry in 2012 that killed 39 people, a government investigation has said.

Some of the details of the investigation were held back ahead of possible court trials.

"We worried that revealing all the details will affect the criminal investigation of the police, and affect witnesses in providing evidence. This may lead to the risk of failure," Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung said.

"On the basis of prima facie evidence available, the investigation team has concluded that a total of 17 officers – 13 serving and four retired officers – are alleged to have misconducted themselves while discharging their duties in respect to Lamma IV in the past," Cheung said. Those facing formal disciplinary action could receive a reprimand or be dismissed.

The 430-page report looked into the responsibilities and roles of individual Marine Department officers in handling the case of the ferry that sank off Lamma following a collision, and recommendations on disciplinary action.  [25/04/14]

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