New World First Ferry called out reserve vessels yesterday, its first weekday as operator of eight routes formerly run by the Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry Company. The extra ferries were used on the Mui Wo and Peng Chau routes during the morning peak period. About 130 passengers took the Mui Wo spare fast ferry to Central at 8.10am, and 40 took the one from Peng Chau at 7.35am, after the scheduled ferries were filled. First Ferry said operations ran smoothly, and denied being caught out by the surge in passenger numbers. It is operating on the same timetables as its predecessor. 'Obviously, larger ferries would help relieve the situation, but at present we don't have vessels of such size,' general manager John Hui Chiu-yin said. The possibility of buying or renting larger ferries was being examined, he said. The Transport Department said adequate services had been provided. Passenger opinions were mixed about the new service. 'There is a vast improvement in staff attitude and cabin hygiene,' said Don Kartermen from Mui Wo. But others felt the new operator could have increased the frequency and number of ordinary ferries.