Better Shipping for a Better Future
Today (September 26th), the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held a “FY2018 MTNet 2.0 and Maritime and Port Development Database (MPDD) Promotion and Achievements Presentation.” In the future, once the MTNet 2.0 platform has been brought online, it will significantly reduce the time needed to complete administrative tasks, and when integrated with existing mobile devices it will make it possible to provide shipping companies with 24-hour convenient online service.
The topic of the presentation was “New Opportunities for Maritime Policy in Relation to the Government's ‘New Southbound Policy’ - Taking the Lead in Today's Innovation-oriented, E-enabled Era.” The presentation introduced the innovative, “smart” applications that will be supported by the second-generation Maritime Transport Network Portal (MTNet 2.0). The MPB explained that, in order to provide even higher-quality services for shipping companies, towards the end of this year they will be activating a new-generation single sign-on (SSO) service. In the future, there will be a continued evolution towards Big Data decision-making analysis and the application of block chain technology to digital certificates of registry, and even towards artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics, mobile inspection, etc., so as to be able to provide an even more comprehensive range of services.
Mr. Chen Pin-Chuan, Deputy Director-general of the MPB, noted that, faced with the changes that have taken place over the past few years - including the relocation of much of Taiwan’s manufacturing industry offshore and the rapid growth of the Southeast Asian economies - one of the key issues facing Taiwan at the moment is the question of how to overcome the constraints imposed by the intense competition that Taiwan’s port services industry currently faces. Deputy Director-general Chen explained that the MPB has been thinking ahead; six years ago, the MPB began to gradually build up the Maritime and Port Development Database (MPDD), which has not only been of great benefit to the shipping industry and to academic researchers, but has also helped the government to undertake analysis and decision-making in relation to the maritime policy aspects of Taiwan's “New Southbound Policy.”
Those invited to attend the presentation included representatives of maritime business enterprises, industry associations, the National Development Council, the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare, the Fisheries Agency of the Council of Agriculture, the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC), National Taiwan Ocean University, and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, etc.; the presentation thus brought together representatives of government, industry and the university sector. In line with the service ethos that underpins its activities, and with the theme announced by the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to mark its 70th anniversary - “Better Shipping for a Better Future” - the MPB will continue to promote the development of a high quality environment and high quality services, so as to create a better outlook and a better future for the maritime transport sector.
Contact Person: Hsu Chia-Chu, Section Chief, Planning Division, MPB
Contact Telephone Number: (02) 8978-2842 0952-832805