Ferry Services for Outlying Islands
157. The Government will continue to provide Special Helping
Measures (SHM) for the six major outlying island ferry routes.
Separately, we will, in the first half of 2019, examine in the midterm
review of the next three-year licence period (2017-20)
whether the SHM are the most desirable long-term operation
model to maintain the financial viability of ferry services. The
review will cover, inter alia, extension of licence duration and a
study of the pros and cons of possible options such as letting the
Government own the ferry fleet and outsource its operation. The
objective is to ensure enhanced service quality, financial viability
and reasonable fare level of ferry services.
Improving Ancillary Facilities for Public Transport
158. The Government will improve a number of remote public
piers to facilitate public access to outing destinations and natural
heritage. The first phase will cover about 10 public piers in the
New Territories and the Islands District.