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Mr Kai Cheong Cheng 鄭繼章先生

Information

Date 16 July 2016 Interviewed by Chungwan Li
Language Cantonese Audio Edited by Vivien Tang
Venue Hong Kong Summary and Translation by Gregory Choi/Laura Ritchie-Roberts

Kai Cheong Cheng was born in Hong Kong. He was enlisted in 1985 to the Royal Navy in Hong Kong and he had served for twelve years in total.

Before joining the navy Cheng worked at the Island Navigation Corporation International Limited where he was sent on board to work on a super oil tanker after studying for a year to acquire knowledge in mechanical engineering. In 1984 he left Island Navigation Corporation International Limited for the Royal Navy where he worked as a seaman under the Seaman Branch. When the ship docked Cheng was responsible to help working in the engine room, where he examined, checked, and fixed the engines. When the ship left the pier and set sail, he helped with multiple tasks such as steering on the bridge, cleaning the decks and lookout duty. Moreover, Cheng had to regularly partake in different drills, including fire-fighting on sea, ship sinking, and light-line jackstay transfer etc. These were part of the everyday routines that Cheng would engage on board.

Cheng retired from the navy in 1997 when Hong Kong’s sovereignty was about to be handed over to China. After leaving the Navy, Cheng has worked as a security officer for the Hong Kong Polytechnic University until now.

(Profile translated by: Gregory Choi/Alfred Sloley)