THE Marine Department is compiling a Hong Kong shipping directory on its departmental homepage on the Internet, deputy director of Marine Tsui Shung-yiu says. The Marine Department, which will provide free listings on the Internet, invites any Hong Kong-based companies involved in maritime services to submit an entry to the directory. The department, which launched its MD homepage on the Internet on January 15, said the homepage was recognised by leading services providers on the Internet as the official homepage for the port of Hong Kong. There had been more than 900 connections to the homepage since its inception less than three weeks ago, Mr Tsui said. 'We are also the first in the world to put up a shipping register web site on the Internet,' Mr Tsui said. Apart from information on Hong Kong port and the Hong Kong shipping register, the homepage also provides port statistics, services and facilities provided by the Marine Department and other notices. The Marine Department's homepage address is http://www.info.gov.hk/ mardep. It also provides a pictorial guide on the port of Hong Kong.