In addition to keeping cremated human ashes in private or government columbarium, or scattering them in Gardens of Remembrance of the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD), etc., members of the public may, subject to the approval of FEHD, scatter cremated human ashes in Designated Areas Hong Kong Waters.

The Designated Areas for the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea are as follows:

  1. East of Tap Mun;
  2. East of Tung Lung Chau; and
  3. South of West Lamma Channel.

The Designated Areas for the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea

Designated Area No. 1 Designated Area No. 2 Designated Area No. 3
East of Tap Mun East of Tung Lung Chau South of West Lamma Channel
(1) 22-30.83N
114-24.1E
22-15.38N
114-18.7E
22-10.50N
114-01.0E
(2) 22-30.83N
114-27.0E
22-15.38N
114-20.1E
22-10.50N
114-06.0E
(3) 22-29.36N
114-27.0E
22-14.18N
114-20.1E
22-09.00N
114-06.0E
(4) 22-29.36N
114-24.1E
22-14.18N
114-18.7E
22-09.00N
114-01.0E

Apart from arranging own vessel trip, FEHD provide free ferry service for scattering of cremains at sea. Detail as follows:

Frequency Every Saturday (Except public holiday)
Departure time 9:00 am
The place of boarding and alighting North Point (East) Passenger Ferry Pier
Designated Areas for the scattering of cremated human ashes at sea East of Tung Lung Chau / South of West Lamma Channel.
Accommodation of each ferry trip 25 (each applicant can bring up to ten family members, relatives or friends on board. Applicants who wish to bring more relatives and friends may contact FEHD for suitable arrangement whenever situation permits).
Services A funeral director will be on board to assist family members and friends in the memorial ceremonies
FEHD "ferry services for scattering ashes at sea"

With more environmentally-friendly forms of interment gaining popularity, the Food and Environmental Hygiene Department (FEHD) is enhancing its free ferry services for scattering cremated human ashes at sea by employing a bigger vessel, which can accommodate more than 300 passengers, from 14 January 2012.

Apart from offering a more stable and comfortable sea voyage, the bigger vessel will also provide a spacious venue for family members and friends to hold memorial ceremonies for the deceased.

A funeral director will be on board to assist family members and friends in the memorial ceremonies. There will also be facilities to accommodate different religious rituals. After the memorial ceremonies, family members and friends can pass the cremains of their beloved, together with fresh petals, to the embrace of nature.

Officers from FEHD will be available to assist family members to create personalised memorial pages for the deceased on the Internet Memorial Service. Family members can then pay tribute to their beloved anywhere and at any time online in future.

As the free ferry service for scattering cremated ashes at sea is well received by the public, FEHD further increased the number of sailings to once every Saturday (except public holiday). The vessel will depart at 9am from North Point (East) Passenger Ferry Pier on the designated mornings to south of the West Lamma Channel or east of Tung Lung Chau. Each ferry trip can accommodate 25 applicants, and each applicant can bring up to ten family members, relatives or friends on board. Applicants who wish to bring more relatives and friends may contact FEHD for suitable arrangement whenever situation permits.

The number of people choosing to scatter cremated ashes of the deceased at sea has increased fivefold over the past few years, from 160 applications in 2007 to more than 800 in 2015. Most of the applicants these days make use of the free ferry service provided by FEHD, while other applicants arrange their own vessels.

FEHD will monitor closely the public response and consider additional ferry schedules if necessary.

In addition to the free ferry services for scattering cremated ashes at sea, since 2014 Ching Ming Festival FEHD has invited previous users of the services to free rides on ferry to the designated areas for scattering ashes at sea around the grave-sweeping seasons to pay tributes to the deceased.

Application forms and relevant guidance notes on scattering human ashes at sea are available on the FEHD's website. Completed application forms should be submitted to the Hong Kong or Kowloon Permit Offices of FEHD's Cemeteries and Crematoria Section at least 10 days prior to the proposed date for scattering cremated human ashes.

Approval will normally be given within five working days from the date of receipt of the application form, while the applicant or the person authorised by the applicant can select any designated ferry schedules within 10 weeks from the date of submitting the application form.