Date
22 July 2017
A hydrofoil (inset) hit a pillar of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and suffered minor damage, in an accident Saturday. Photos: TVB news, HKEJ
A hydrofoil (inset) hit a pillar of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge and suffered minor damage, in an accident Saturday. Photos: TVB news, HKEJ

High-speed ferry to Macau hits bridge pillar amid foggy weather

A high-speed ferry from Tuen Mun to Macau was involved in a minor bridge accident over the weekend amid foggy weather.

At around 8:40 am on Saturday, a ferry hit a pillar of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge about 12 nautical miles from a man-made island, according to Macau newspaper Journal Do Cidadao.

Fortunately, no one was injured in the accident, the report said, citing Macau’s marine department.

The ferry, operated by Shun Tak-China Travel Ship Management, is said to have left Tuen Mun pier at 8:15 am, when visibility at the sea was only 50 meters.

The hydrofoil, which was carrying 67 passengers and seven crew members at the time, managed to arrive in Macau with no injuries reported to those onboard.

But the vessel suffered minor damage on its front.

Many ferries and flights departing from Macau were cancelled on Saturday due to low visibility.

Up to 164 ferry schedules were delayed at Macau and Hong Kong piers during the day, with an average delay of 47 minutes, as visibility on sea sometimes hit zero.

The Macau International Airport said up to 56 flights had been delayed, canceled or rerouted to other airports as of 10 pm on Saturday.

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