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Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU
Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU"> Performance of ROC-Flag Vessel Seaworthiness Management- Proudly Getting Into the White List of the Tokyo MOU
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB), MOTC has been working hard together with the CR Classification Society and ocean carrier businesses to maintain the international image of ROC-flag vessels, and to contribute to the safety of navigation across global waters as well as environmental protection. The Tokyo MOU organization announced this year (2019) that the performance of ROC-flag vessels’ seaworthiness management has proudly been added to the "white list". Director-General Hsieh Wei-Chun of MPB, MOTC states that, since the new inspection mechanism passed at the 23rd Tokyo MOU Port State Control Committee (abbreviated as PSCC) meeting on January 1, 2014 came into effect, the MPB has been continuously improving the performance of ROC-flag vessel seaworthiness management. MPB has also displayed the determination to keep up with the trends in the current international maritime field to elevate the competitiveness of our flag vessels. The MPB, MOTC has been working hard on keeping "performance of ROC-flag vessel seaworthiness management" consistently listed in the white list of Tokyo MOU. Starting from January of last year (2018), CR Classification Society and ocean carrier businesses have been continuously invited to the "2018 Performance Review Meetings on the Refining and Strengthening of National Vessel Inspection Operations". They've achieved consensus on action refinement and the strengthening of nationality control and inspection operations. High-risk flag vessels and management companies with "low" or "very low" ISM performances have been consulted and audited on a regular basis. Director-General Hsieh Wei-Chun of MPB, MOTC states that, through 2 years of hard work, the number of times that a ROC-flag vessel has been detained by the Tokyo MOU went from 7 vessels in 2016 to 2 vessels in 2017, then only 1 vessel last year (2018), achieving a performance much lower than the average of the Tokyo MOU. On April 23 this year (2019), Tokyo MOU organization announced that Taiwan’s performance of flag vessel seaworthiness management got proudly added to the "white list” of the Tokyo MOU. Not only has this elevated Taiwan’s international image, but also lowered the chances of ocean carriers getting inspected in foreign countries (port state control), reducing the operational costs of ocean carriers. Using a rolling wave planning approach, MPB, MOTC will continue to review flag vessel inspection mechanisms. While the goal is to elevate Taiwan's maritime competitiveness, the navigation safety of ROC-flag vessels will also be strengthened.   Contact Person: Lin Kuan-Hung, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact Number: (02)8978-6296 0932-220231
In Alignment with International Standards Taiwan Enhances Safety for Maritime Routes AIS Goes Online MEOLUT Terminal Commences Test Operation
In Alignment with International Standards Taiwan Enhances Safety for Maritime Routes AIS Goes Online MEOLUT Terminal Commences Test Operation"> In Alignment with International Standards Taiwan Enhances Safety for Maritime Routes AIS Goes Online MEOLUT Terminal Commences Test Operation
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) announced today (16) that it has taken the initiative to make a friendly maritime environment and reduce risk of accident. Actions include the establishment of 14 bases and 19 navigation stations in the Automatic Identification System (AIS) and providing dynamic status information for ships within 20 nautical miles of Taipei, Penghu, Kinmen, and Matsu. In addition, in compliance with the International Cospas-Sarsat Programme Agreement (ICSPA), the MPB has increased efficiency of search and rescue; it has initiated establishment of MEOSAT terminals, which have already entered the test operational phase. Such efforts have contributed to enhancing the safety of maritime routes. The MPB said in a statement that the AIS complies with standards from the International Association of Marine Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) by incorporating modern technologies to assist ships in identifying bearing and position, which thereby reduce the risk of collision and contamination of the marine environment. The AIS includes electronic navigation and virtual buoy navigation assistance functionality; it also provides dynamic and static vessel status reporting, route tracking response, transportation flow analysis, and emergency alerts for route deviation and ship grounding; finally, it provides applications for maritime investigations. Coordinating with the establishment of navigation facilities for AIS, the MPB amended the Ship Equipment Regulations last year (2018), requiring that all vessels types with payloads of 20 tonnes or more must equip AIS transponders. For fishing vessels, the implementation is made per stage according to the plan of the Fisheries Agency. It is expected that AIS shore stations will soon be able to obtain dynamic status information on approx. 2,500 active Taiwanese ships. Overall, this will enhance the management of maritime routes and strengthen search and rescue for maritime incidents. Also, enhancing the safety of maritime routes and bettering international cooperation, Taiwan has participated in the Cospas-Sarsat under the name of the International Telecommunication Development Corporation (ITDC), and has established MEOSAT terminals, to maintain the normal operations of the search and rescue system and form a solid mechanism for mutual international aid in search and rescue efforts. The MCC, part of the terminal establishment plan, and hard-software systems for the MEOLUT were completed at the end of 2018; these facilities have now entered the test operation phase. The system is currently able to stably receive each type of warning information from beacons within the territory and monitor the coordinate position of beacons; its applicable range of reception is a radius of 8,000 km, and it can receive emergency beacon signals from—as well as determine the position of—distressed ships every 10 minutes. This is vastly superior to the 1.5 hours required by low-earth-orbit satellite systems in current use. Contact Person: Maritime Safety Division    Section Chief Liu Zheng-shan Contact Number: 02-89788098      0972-820100
MPB Promotes Accessibility in Friendly Seas Environment Initiative
MPB Promotes Accessibility in Friendly Seas Environment Initiative"> MPB Promotes Accessibility in Friendly Seas Environment Initiative
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), in an effort to provide more benefits to the physically disabled, has made improvements to the accessibility of seagoing vessels. Beginning on March 26, 2018, the MPB has used assistive methods to encourage maritime operators to install accessibility facilities and equipment. Currently, 44 passenger vessels have lodged applications for such improvements. It is expected that 21 lines will be able to provide accessible passage to the disabled after the improvements are made this year. MPB Director-General David Hsieh said of the initiative that according to the latest statistics from the Ministry of the Interior, there were 3.26 million senior citizens (aged 65+) in Taiwan, representing 13.83% of the population, at the end of 2018. Accessibility facilities promoted through the Friendly Seas Environment initiative is not just aimed at benefiting the disabled; it also allows senior citizens to travel unimpaired by physical limitations. The MPB has spared no effort in helping local governments to improve their harbors and has urged maritime operators to make their facilities more accessible for the disabled. Liu Jin-zhong, representative director of the League for Persons with Disabilities, notes that the experience of going out to sea, with gentle sea breezes and fantastic sunsets, is truly wonderful. However, in the past, people with disabilities were unable to experience the sea since embarking, disembarking, and moving onboard were all very challenging. Now, with more government effort to improve onboard accessibility, there are far fewer obstacles to disabled people who want to travel by sea: lower thresholds, accessible gangways, more wheelchair rests, and more facilities and equipment for accessible disembarking. The MPB said in a statement that ships need to consider such elements of safety as structure, stability, and watertightness. Cabin doors should be adapted with appropriate thresholds to deal with turbulence from choppy waters. Ship bodies should be slender, which helps to reduce water resistance. Cabin and lifesaving facilities are necessary, making the design of the overall space complex. And after the completion of a ship, it is rather difficult to make changes to the existing structure. Such conditions make realizing onboard accessibility a challenge. The Passenger Ship Accessibility Subsidy Program, implemented by the MPB, encourages passenger ships to carry wheelchairs specially customized for onboard use, ramps for passage through cabin doors, and other facilities and equipment necessary for onboard accessibility. Currently, 39 vessels on 18 lines support accessibility services, including: Taipei-Pingtan, Budai-Magong, Kaohsiung-outlying islands of Penghu, Tainan-Penghu, 2 lines in the outlying islands of Penghu, Keelung-Matsu, 2 lines in Matsu Mini Three Links, 3 lines in the outlying islands of Matsu, Kinmen Mini Three Links, the outlying islands of Kinmen, 2 lines in Taitung-Orchid Island-Green Island, Houbihu-Green Island, and Dadaocheng-Guandu-Danshui; in addition, 5 ships on another 3 lines, namely Penghu Baisha-Cho Island, Baisha-Daiso, and Baisha-Yuanbei, are expected to be ready this year. Onboard surveys will be conducted this year by disabled committee members, who are invited by the MPB to assess the actual state of accessibility onboard. This will be followed by the initiation of the QR code inquiry system for vessel information, which will provide accessibility information for disabled passengers when choosing transportation.   Contact Person: Vessel Management Division     Section Chief Lin Guan-hong Contact Number: 02-89786296      0932-220231

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