The government fleet consists of 727 vessels of different types and sizes with
special vessels serving 14 government departments including the Hong Kong Police
Force, Customs and Excise and Fire Services. These vessels are mostly purpose-built
and manned by the user departments or by the Marine Department. The department
itself controls 23 pontoons and 60 vessels, comprising mainly patrol launches,
conveyance launches and some specialised vessels such as hydrographic survey
launches and explosives carriers. They are used in port operations and by government
departments that do not have their own boats.
Since 1999, the department has been awarding contracts to private operators to
provide conveyance launches, tugboats and other marine transport services for the
department. At present, it has contracts with Hong Kong companies to provide it
with 23 vessels and other sea transport services.
The Government Dockyard is located on Stonecutters Island, occupying 9.8
hectares of land and a sheltered water basin measuring 8.3 hectares. It serves as one
of the operational bases for the Marine Department, the Hong Kong Police Force,
and the Customs and Excise Department.
The dockyard is responsible for the procurement and maintenance of all vessels
for the Government. Nine new small craft, costing $1.8 million, were built for the
Government during the year. Ten contracts for new boats, worth $276 million, were
awarded to shipbuilders in Hong Kong and overseas.