This morning (September 17th), the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held the first forum for the “4th Independent Evaluation of Quality Standards by Taiwan R.O.C. in Relation to the STCW Convention.” Representatives of the various organizations that are subject to evaluation were invited to attend the forum, so that they can develop a better understanding of the importance of this quality standards evaluation, and of the evaluation procedures. The holding of this forum will help to ensure that the independent evaluation operations proceed smoothly and on schedule, which in turn will demonstrate Taiwan's commitment to across-the-board implementation of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping for Seafarers (STCW Convention), thereby fostering international recognition and acceptance of certificates of competency for mariners issued by Taiwan and furthering the development of Taiwan’s maritime sector.
The MPB noted that marine transport is a highly internationalized industry. To ensure that Taiwanese mariners can sail throughout the world's oceans without problems, all testing, training and certification for mariners in Taiwan is conducted in accordance with the requirements of the STCW Convention. The STCW Convention stipulates that, every five years, each country must conduct independent evaluation of all administrative agencies engaged in implementing maritime education, training, testing, competency assessment and certification, to ensure that all operations are properly monitored in accordance with the quality standards system.
In line with the changes that have taken place in practical maritime operations and with the revisions made to the STCW Convention in 2010, in recent years a considerable number of adjustments have been made to the laws and regulations relating to mariners and to the relevant administrative measures. The MPB noted that, in order to ensure that Taiwanese mariners can work all over the world without problems, starting from 2004, every five years Taiwan has drawn up the relevant performance documentation and implemented quality standards independent evaluation in accordance with the requirements specified in the STCW Convention. In July 2018, the MPB completed the drafting of the “Taiwan R.O.C. STCW Convention Performance Documentation,” and the MPB has now launched the 4th quality standards independent evaluation operations.
The MPB explained that these evaluation operations represent an important work item in Taiwan's performance of the STCW Convention, and that the MPB has therefore commissioned the Taiwan branch of Norwegian company DNV GL Business Assurance Co., Ltd., a leading international verification organization, to arrange the evaluation. This will mainly involve the formation of evaluation teams composed of experts with extensive knowledge of the STCW Convention and of maritime affairs, who will visit maritime-related organizations to implement on-site evaluation. The audit results will then be used to compile independent evaluation reports, which will provide a basis for recognition of the competency of Taiwanese mariners by other countries.
Contact Person: Lu Yun-Hsin, Section Chief, Seafarers Administration Division
Contact Telephone Number: 02-8978-8036 0920-242-301