Universal MK 2013, a speed ferry, has collided with a Chinese cargo ship resulting in more than 35 injured passengers. The accident happened yesterday at 23:55 local time off Cheng Chau. The ferry was en route from Hong Kong China Ferry Terminal to Macau (near Cheung Chau island), half an hour after departure, carrying 162 people on board. The cargo ship had a crew of 7 seafarers.
A picture was taken on board the ferry showing its passengers with life jackets waiting at their seats after the collision. None of the passengers suffered life-threatening or serious injuries. According to a spokeswoman of the Marine Department, marine patrols and rescue teams arrived at the scene as soon as possible. The injured were taken to hospitals. The crew of the cargo ship was in good health condition.
A spokesperson of the government told reporters:
“A Macau ferry collided with a vessel from the mainland. Thirty-eight passengers on the Macau ferry were slightly injured and sent to Cheung Chau hospital.”
Photo: South China Morning Post
The most serious boat accident in Hong Kong was in October 2012. A ferry collided with a Hongkong Electric boat off Lamma Island resulting in 39 killed and more than 90 injured seriously.
Universal MK 2013 (IMO number 9259525 and MMSI 477064000) was built in 2002. The 7,014-ton vessel is operated by Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management Limited and it is registered in Hong Kong.