Mainland and Macao Ferry Services
The department manages two cross-boundary ferry terminals: the Macao Ferry
Terminal with 12 berths and the China Ferry Terminal with 13 berths. The Macao
Ferry Terminal operates round-the-clock. The China Ferry Terminal is open from 7 am
to 10 pm from Monday to Friday, and from 7 am to 2 am on Saturdays, Sundays and
public holidays. The Tuen Mun Ferry Terminal, co-managed by the tenant and Marine
Department, opened for service between Hong Kong and Zhuhai on 3 November
2006. The terminal operates daily from 7 am to 10 pm and has three berths.
Immigration and Quarantine Services
Immigration and quarantine services are available at the Western Quarantine and
Immigration Anchorage and the Eastern Quarantine and Immigration Anchorage.
Shipping agents may apply for immigration and quarantine services, including
advance clearance, for ships.
The Tuen Mun Immigration Anchorage operates 24 hours a day for river trade
vessels plying between Hong Kong and Pearl River Delta ports. Pre-arrival clearance
has been extended to all Mainland river and coastal trade vessels. Operators of such
vessels may submit pre-arrival clearance applications to the Harbour Control Section
of the Immigration Department.
The department provides a total of 31 mooring buoys for ship operations. There
are 21 class 'A' buoys for vessels of up to 183 metres long and 10 class 'B' buoys for
vessels of up to 137 metres in length. Booking of these mooring buoys may be made
through the Vessel Traffic Centre.
Bunkering and Potable Water Supply
Bunkering is readily available at commercial wharves and oil terminals or from a
large fleet of private bunkering barges. Bunker supplies meet the latest requirements
under Annex VI of the MARPOL 73/78 Convention on marine pollution. Fresh water
can also be obtained alongside berths or from a private fleet of water boats.
Ship Repair and Dry-docking
The port has extensive facilities for repairing, docking and slipping all types of
vessels of up to 300 metres long and 42 metres wide. The department's Marine
Industrial Safety Section carries out safety checks on vessels free of charge. It also
issues permits for vessels to undergo repairs. As part of its safety advisory service, the
section publishes free leaflets and pamphlets on safe working practices to adopt
when repairing ships, when breaking them up, when handling cargo and during
marine construction work.
Local Vessels' Safety Certification Service
The Local Vessel Safety Section provides survey and certification services for local
vessels to make sure they comply with safety and pollution prevention requirements.
When the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Ordinance goes into effect in 2007,
certain types of local vessels may also be examined by private organisations or
professionals authorised by the Marine Department.
Public Cargo Working Areas
The department manages eight public cargo working areas where licensed cargo
handlers are allowed to load and unload cargo onto and from barges and coasters.
The combined length of berths in these working areas is 7 044 metres.
Reception of Marine Wastes
The department provides contractor services to collect domestic sewage and
refuse from ocean-going vessels and local vessels. The Chemical Waste Treatment
Centre on Tsing Yi Island provides facilities for handling oily and chemical waste
collected from ships by registered contractors.
Combating Oil Pollution
The department maintains a maritime oil spill response plan to ensure a timely
and effective response to oil spills in Hong Kong waters.
There is also a regional maritime oil spill response plan for the Pearl River Estuary
to enhance regional cooperation in the event of a major oil spill occurring in Hong
Kong or in any of the neighbouring ports in Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Macao and
In November, the department's Pollution Control Unit organised a large-scale,
oil-spill clean-up exercise in which all concerned government departments and local
oil companies took part.