The Marine Department wants the Hong Kong shipping community to continue to pay close attention to safety at sea, despite a fall in the number of serious accidents. Marine Director Tsui Shung-yiu said some people tended to become complacent and ignore safety when there were no incidents. 'The department will use every opportunity to promote marine safety,' he said. Regarding the recent Far East Jetfoils' Flores accident, Mr Tsui said the department was awaiting the outcome of the investigation. The Flores was carrying 236 passengers and eight crew when it collided with an object. One passenger died in hospital while 120 people suffered injuries. Mr Tsui said the department also was planning to step up its marine safety planning to educate shipping operators on safety. More seminars would be held in Hong Kong and southern mainland ports. Many of the shipowners who operated between Hong Kong and the Pearl River Delta ports needed to be aware of measures to prevent accidents. Mr Tsui recently made his first official visit in the capacity of Marine Director to Guangdong province to meet officials. He said the Marine Department and other government departments had formed a working group to improve co-ordination of the transfer of information after incidents. This resulted from a recent incident when one department failed to take action for several hours after the Marine Department had reported boxes falling into the sea. Apparently the department had not taken action as it was 'sensitive' about the contents of the boxes. Mr Tsui said he did not wish to place the blame on anyone, but wanted to ensure action was taken immediately the Marine Department passed on information regarding any incident. Regarding the Hong Kong Shipping Register, Mr Tsui said it was promising and growing gradually. The register has 6.16 million gross registered tonnes, including about 487 vessels. Some shipping firms had pledged to support the Hong Kong register, Mr Tsui said. One such company was Callany, which recently took delivery of a specially designed product oil tanker - the 4,999-tonne Carsing - to be used for delivery of aviation fuel to Chek Lap Kok. Cosco also would register its new vessels under the Hong Kong flag, Mr Tsui said, adding that the company already had registered several vessels. All will be registered before October. Mr Tsui said about 45,000 ocean-going vessels were expected to call at Hong Kong this year, about the same number as last year.