Starting from 1 April 1999, most of the ferry services are provided by licensed ferry operators. There are now 10 ferry operators providing 21 regular licensed passenger ferry services to outlying islands and across the Harbour as at 31 Dec 2023. Still, there remains two franchised ferry services operated by Star Ferry plying between Central and Tsim Sha Tsui as well as between Wan Chai and Tsim Sha Tsui.

The licensed and franchised ferry services are supplemented by "kaitos" which are licensed to serve remote coastal settlements.

In 2023, ferry passengers amounted to about 39 million.


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