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I now attach a letter written to the Transport Department regarding the Central – Discovery Bay Ferry Service for your reference.

Meanwhile, I would like to appeal to you all to sign the attached petition, urging the Commissioner for Transport to take prompt actions to address our concerns. Please return the slip to my mailbox at the southern exit of DB Pier, by fax (2541 5660), by email (amyung@netvigator.com), or by post (Rm 1209, Nan Fung Tower, 173 Des Voeux Road Central, HK).


30 December 2008

Dear Mr. Wong

Re: Central – Discovery Bay Ferry Service

I refer to the captioned issue.

As you may be aware, Discovery Bay Transportation Services Limited (DBTPL) has recently submitted to the Transport Department an application for a fare increase and “service rationalization” of the above public ferry service.

On 17 December 2008, DBTPL issued a notice informing ferry passengers of the introduction of a temporary ferry schedule with fewer sailings during morning peak hours effective 1 January 2009.

Please note that prior to the implementation of this temporary schedule, DBTPL has already cut several sailings in the morning for the last 2 months. It is anticipated that the demand for the ferry service will surge after the New Year holiday when residents return from their holiday and schoolchildren start the second semester. A large number of schoolchildren still depend on connecting school buses for their schooling. We are deeply concerned about the disruptions the temporary schedule may cause to the residents at large.

In addition, DBTPL also revealed in the notice that they “no longer have adequate financial resources to carry out docking and annual maintenance of all [their] vessels”, resulting in fewer licensed ferries available for deployment and thus a reduction of sailings. Under the Deed of Mutual Covenant (DMC) for Discovery Bay the responsibility to operate the ferry service lies with Hong Kong Resort Company Limited (HKR) and not DBTPL.

Directly or indirectly through DBTPL, HKR has the responsibility to maintain and operate the service between Discovery Bay and Central in accordance with the DMC and the operating license. We trust that the Commissioner for Transport, and the Transport Department, as the regulator of public transport services, will make every effort to ensure such compliance. We do not accept such a temporary schedule, particularly when it is unilateral without proper consultation with the Passenger Liaison Group and the consent of the Transport Department. We request the Commissioner to immediately request DBTPL to adhere to the existing approved ferry schedule.

Also, please kindly advise what measures are in place to ensure that an efficient and proper ferry service would be maintained and operated in Discovery Bay in the future, so that the daily lives of the Discovery Bay residents will not be adversely affected and their interests are safeguarded. We particularly wish to refer to the delayed implementation of the second ferry pier in Yi Pak Wan, the first stage of which is now more than 4 years behind schedule.

Given the urgency of the matter, your prompt response and action are highly appreciated.

Thank your for your kind attention.

Yours sincerely
Amy Yung
Islands District Council Member
Discovery Bay