The Maritime and Port Bureau held the "2017 National Seminar on Maritime and Port Business" on November 3 at the lecture hall in the Dun-He building, the purpose of which was to understand the requirements of operation practices and hear suggestions for reform. Nearly 150 representatives were invited to the seminar from maritime transport industries. Professor Yi-Chih Yang from National Kaohsiung Marine University was specially invited to give a keynote speech on "How the Bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping Impacts the Korean Maritime and Port Industry and Inspires Taiwan's Maritime and Port Policies.” The seminar enabled a bilateral conversation and provided a platform for hearing the advice of shipping liners. Opinions were exchanged, participants were enthusiastic, and results were fruitful.
The Maritime and Port Bureau said that four "regional maritime and port seminars" have already been held in north, central, south, and east Taiwan this year, all with the purpose of understanding the needs of the industry and connecting with maritime transport practices. Response has been enthusiastic; the participating representatives communicated their advice, and the bureau has already assisted with improvements in the proposals from companies in each region. In addition, the Maritime and Port Bureau has constructed a good communication platform between the government and the industry by holding the annual "National Seminar on Maritime and Port Business.” Such a platform was made in response to the complicated and fast changing international maritime transport environment, with the goals of continuing to optimize each maritime and port administrative business and connect with the international industry, in addition to actively promoting national maritime transport development plans. During the seminar, the Maritime and Port Bureau exchanged opinions with representatives on issues in the industry, such as the recruitment of tallymen, the inclusion of the shipping agency industry and employees working at the pier into the applicable subjects of Article 84, Paragraph 1 of the Labor Standards Act, and the license renewal and hiring of crew members. The bureau continues to follow these issues and negotiate with authorities to help shipping liners solve problems.
The Maritime and Port Bureau will continue to consider issues regarding servicing shipping liners and creating value. The bureau assumes responsibilities related to the needs of shipping liners while upholding the philosophy of "providing a good operating environment for maritime transport.” It also nurtures a favorable future for maritime transport, one in which it may achieve the policy target of "Seeking Prosperity from the Ocean."
The seminar invited associations from industries such as maritime transport, shipping agencies, ocean freight forwarding, container terminal operation, harbor cargo and harbor cargo forwarding. In addition, guests from the Chinese Marine Pilots' Association, The Master Mariners Association (ROC), China Corporation Register of Shipping, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taipei University of Marine Technology, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. were also in attendance. Public and private sectors communicated bilaterally during the meeting to explore Taiwan's maritime and port development under international economic circumstances. The Maritime and Port Bureau took proposals from the industry into consideration, proceeded with administrative reform, and made business innovations according to industry needs to create a good operating environment for maritime transport and increase Taiwan's maritime transport capabilities as well as its competitive power in the international maritime field.