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 Post subject: New Ferry
PostPosted: Mon Aug 16, 2010 11:45 am 
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There's a new ferry in the fleet (with yellow racing stripes)
It's longer than the old ones with a larger seating capacity (over 400)
It's very spiffy and complete with 'new car smell'

But does anyone know if it' employs any new particularly fuel efficient technology or if it's just a new version of the same old stinkers they were running before?

If they have not heard the cries for fuel efficiency and cleaner burning engines and gone ahead to spend a heck of a lot of money on just another traditional ferry I, for one, will be right pissed off!

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No such luck, Tavis, the new Sea Superb is almost identical to the old ferries, same polluting Diesel engines, same dimensions, except it's 4m longer and carries 14-36 more passengers than their formerly biggest 28m catamarans; great for their currently almost full and extra ferries on weekends for Lamma visitors.

See Lamma-zine story on Aug 6 for photos and all details of the new boat, including a link to the shipbuilders' detailed info.

HKKF did not announce this new boat for the YSW route at all, no press release, no mention on their own website and they also did not reply at all to my media enquiry for more info. Obviously not eager for any free publicity or not so proud about just another standard Diesel ferry without a single "green" feature?

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Less polluting fuel costs more and they aren't going to use it unless the government forces them to and pays as well.

Then they would capitalise on it by putting out the usual greenwash that companies do.


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My first thought was ... Oooooh lovely, when first encountering the newly refurbished ferries. (OK, it seems to be 1 ferry not ferries at the moment) All clean and fresh, and as a previous poster said, the smell of a new car.

Air con is still set to 'Arctic' though which can be uncomfortable.

I figured they were the same kind of ferries, as they 'sounded the same'. so I figured the engines/fuel were the same. But I really have no idea.

Was also happy that there wasn't a 'baby cockroach' in site... (didn't even want to think where the parents are) on the usual ferry. One afternoon I got on the back deck, and after noticing at least 50 baby roaches in the vicinity of my vision, and way too many approaching me, I went inside to the air con as I was tired of stamping my foot to keep them away. And they are still there!

Happy to see no cockroaches on the refurbished ferry! So that's a plus for me first of all.

IMHO they are just using the same engines and fuels. It's just a lot cleaner at the moment, although the 'white headrest covers' have disappeared already.

I'm hoping the difference also involved 'environmental' changes, but I really don't know.

Looking forward to more info regarding this from this site :-)


Whoops..... sorry Tavis!!!!

You mentioned a 'New Ferry',, and I misunderstood and thought you meant a 'Newly Refurbished Ferry'.....

Haven't been on this new one yet. Looking forward to 'trying it out'.


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Tried this last midnight.

It is too brightly lit to my liking, either indoor or outdoor.

Also upset to see the outdoor seats are all in discrete *selfish* a.k.a. anti-lying shape. I prefer flat wide benches, which symbolise liberty and mutual trust.

Excessive light and anti-lying benches are two of those things that upset me in town. Don't bring them onto Lamma.

The other thing. I appreciate that the please-stay-in-seat-until-berthed warning is kept at low volume. Keep it low. And if possible, shorten it. I don't want the ferry as loudly *caring* as the MTR.


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Horrible ... like a dole office on the outskirts of Slough. I'll be outside ...

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