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It’s a small world: The amazing scenes of Hong Kong and China in miniature

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Traditional scenes from Chinese and Taiwanese life and culture in miniature have been put on show at Maritime Square in Tsing Yi. Around 70 pieces are on display, made by miniaturists from Hong Kong, the mainland and Taiwan. Click on the photographs by Nora Tam to enlarge them. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Malaysia rescues 136 Myanmar refugees

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Malaysian authorities have rescued at least 136 people believed to be ethnic Rohingya Muslims fleeing strife in Myanmar aboard a leaking boat with no food or water, an official said on Monday. The rescue brings the number of boats intercepted this year to 11, marking a “big increase” in refugee arrivals, said Tan Kok Kwee of the Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency, following deadly sectarian violence in Myanmar. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Lamma IV life jackets didn’t meet international standard

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Lace-up life jackets, such as those available aboard the Lamma IV vessel involved in the National Day ferry disaster, did not comply with standards set by the International Maritime Organisation, according to a naval expert. The naval expert and architect Dr Neville Armstrong made the statement on Thursday while testifying to the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster that killed 39 passengers on October 1 last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Naval expert suggests separating roles to avoid inspection errors

<!– google_ad_section_start –> The person who approves a ship’s drawing plans in the future should also be the one who inspects the ship, a naval expert testifying at the commission of inquiry into the Lamma ferry disaster said on Wednesday. Australian naval architect Dr Neville Armstrong said this requirement would prevent mistakes similar to those made when inspecting the Lamma IV, which collided with another vessel, the Sea Smooth, causing flooding and the death of 39 passengers on October 1 of last year. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Radar licence should be compulsory for seafarers: Lawmaker Gary Fan

<!– google_ad_section_start –> More courses on radar operation should be offered to improve marine safety, a retired instructor at the Maritime Services Training Institute urged yesterday. He also said the number of courses had dropped notably in recent years. Chow Wah-hoi, who retired last year after 11 years at the institute, said dozens of seafarers were on a course waiting list. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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At least eight missing after boat sinks off Malaysia

<!– google_ad_section_start –> At least eight Indonesian illegal migrants were missing after a boat smuggling them out of Malaysia sank in rough seas on Monday while 41 other people were rescued, an official said. The boat capsized near the southern Malaysian state of Johor, an official from the Maritime Enforcement Agency said. “The boat was overloaded, and the seas were rough so it sank,” he said, adding that search and rescue efforts for those still missing were under way. He said the boat had been carrying about 50 passengers but the exact number was not known. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Commander Carmen ready to take charge

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Long periods away from family and friends, stormy seas and little scope for lengthy shore leave mean a sea-going career is not for every youngster, especially a woman. But for Carmen Chan Ka-man, the lure and challenge of the sea has proved irresistible to the extent the 32-year old has become Hong Kong’s first female master mariner. Gaining her master’s ticket last month means Chan can technically command the biggest container ships and tankers. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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26 injured as Macau ferry hits buoy

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Passengers described a scene of chaos on board a high-speed ferry yesterday after it smashed into a marker buoy 15 minutes after setting off from Macau for Hong Kong. The crash left 26 people aged four to 60 injured – including nine Hongkongers. “The Lamma ferry disaster came into my mind right after the crash,” said Adrian Leung Sew-koo, 43, a Hongkonger who had caught the 12.15pm boat with his wife and son. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Macau-Hong Kong ferry collision injures 26

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Twenty-six people were injured, two of which are still in hospital with serious injuries, when a TurboJet jetfoil ferry leaving Macau for Hong Kong collided with a marker buoy early Saturday afternoon. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Vietnam arrests 11 on hijacked Malaysian ship

<!– google_ad_section_start –> Vietnamese authorities arrested 11 suspected pirates aboard a chemical tanker after the first such hijacking in the waters around Malaysia in years, the International Maritime Bureau said on Friday. The Malaysian-owned vessel stopped communicating on Saturday while on its way from the country’s southern Johor state to Sarawak state on Borneo island, said Noel Choong, head of the bureau’s Kuala Lumpur-based piracy reporting centre. <!– google_ad_section_end –>

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Maritime surveillance patrols over E China Sea

Workers with the China Maritime Surveillance East China Sea aviation fleet prepare for take-off at Zhoushan base in the eastern province of Zhejiang on Oct 17, 2012. The fleet has been regularly patrolling the islands in the East China Sea since 2010, when China’s law on island protection went into effect.

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Einstein immigration papers found

A landing card from Albert Einstein’s escape from Nazi Germany is on display for the first time – at Liverpool’s Maritime Museum.

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520 Miles of Waterfront to Get Long-Range Plan

The city has a long-term plan that gives some leeway to the maritime industry while trying to lure New Yorkers to the water’s edge.

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N Korea offers talks on refugees

North Korea calls for a meeting with South Korea to try to resolve a row over 31 North Koreans whose boat crossed the maritime border in thick fog last month.

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Without Hesitation, Coach Trains for War

As Clayton Kendrick-Holmes trains for his deployment to Afghanistan, his football team at Maritime College in the Bronx is off to its best start.

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