新聞稿 2013年5月1日- 呼籲擴大海事處改革範圍
昨日，超過60名遊艇業大聯盟、南區造船業總會、「創建香港」、Hong Kong Marine Industry Association、船主、船員及海事行業代表向運輸及房屋局局長遞交一封聯署請願信，要求解決香港的船隻繫泊位嚴重不足的問題。詳情請參閱：http://www.designinghongkong.com/v3/?p=574
Press release 1 May 2013- Call to expand reform of the Marine Department
Designing Hong Kong Limited welcomes the comprehensive review and fundamental reform of the Marine Department, and the setting up of a Steering Committee on the Systemic Reform of the Marine Department chaired by the Secretary for Transport and Housing.
We agree that there is a need to for an in-depth examination of the existing controls on marine safety, vessel structure and safety equipment. However, we urge the Administration to expand the review and reform beyond the control on local passenger carrying vessels and the safety of passengers. Some examples of failings based on our work:
- The safety of vessels and the development of the local marine industry is compromised by a lack of safe moorings. At the end of 2012, the Marine Department has issued licences for 12,023 pleasure boats and sampans, but provides only 3,320 safe moorings, forcing over 8,000 boats to moor in unsafe locations and using non-compliant and improvised moorings.
- Unsafe piers such as in Deep Water Bay and along Aberdeen Harbour’s waterfront are tolerated.
- Public piers generally lack barrier-free access.
- The Central Ferry Piers are designed for handling passengers but continue to handle cargo.
- Shipyards required for maintenance of vessels are limited to short-term land tenancies, resulting in low quality facilities (see Po Chong Wan, Ap Lei Chau Praya Road).
“Many of these failures are not only the result of a lack of technical leadership from the Marine Department, but also a lack of policy leadership. We urge the Administration to expand the review beyond the Marine Department, and to include the Maritime Section of the Transport and Housing Bureau. The objective of the review should be to improve safety as well as the ability of the Administration to provide policy steer which meets the changing circumstances and aspirations of the community and marine related industries,” says Paul Zimmerman, CEO Designing Hong Kong Limited.
Over 60 people from an alliance of interests in pleasure boating, including the Southern District Ship Builders Association, Designing Hong Kong, Hong Kong Marine Industry Association, owners and crew of vessels, and management and staff of marine operators, petitioned the Secretary for Transport and Housing yesterday to address the serious shortage of safe moorings in Hong Kong. See http://www.designinghongkong.com/v3/?p=574 for details.