The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced the implementation of the "National Vessel Safety Management (NSM)" system and assistance program on August 10, 2017, to strengthen the effectiveness of the vessel safety management system. Among the 26 vessels and 20 shipping companies who took part in the first round of the program, Darong Shipping, King Xia Marine, Jinan Shipping, and Shinhwa Shipping have applied for evaluation; they are expected to receive the certificate and vessel safety management certificate issued by the MPB in its first (initial) evaluation by the end of June.
Director-General David Hsieh stated that the NSM has requirements similar to ISO for verifying the management system. It implements standard management procedures for standards, institutions, and documents to effectively improve corporate governance for shipping operators. These requirements lower the risks of navigation accidents caused by human errors while improving navigation safety and market competitiveness.
The MPB states that it has amended the Law of Ships to include categories of ships and penalties applicable to the NSM system. The draft was submitted to the Legislative Yuan on March 21, 2018, for review. After the passage of the amendment, operators will be required to pass the evaluation within one year to obtain the certificate issued by the maritime administration authority. The MPB will continue to implement periodic audits and evaluation to help operators improve their safety management systems and protect navigation safety of vessels.