Reply To: Northern New Territories Tourism plans


I have raised the following objections with the Tourism Comm, Tourism Board, Civil Engineering Dept, AFCD and Marine Department:
1. The Pier at Lai Chi Wo is totally inadequate for any ferry dis/embarking passengers since its tidal. Any pier construction or channel dredging in Double Haven (incredibly diverse mudflats, mangroves and seagrass beds) under the pretence of Green Tourism/Sustainable Development will be met with severe opposition and public protestation
2. Speed restricted zones must be implemented to reduce the size of ferry wakes in this ‘still water environment’ Also routing and frequence of service needs to be examined.
3. All parties need to carry out Risk Assessment for oil spill contingency in case of groundings/collisions. Double Haven may be severely threatened by such a spill of marine diesel. Marine Department needs to review MARSOP containment plan and take effective counter measures.