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Kaohsiung Lighthouse Temporarily Suspends Opening, Revitalizing New Look and Launching a New Light Meal and Walkway Project
Kaohsiung Lighthouse Temporarily Suspends Opening, Revitalizing New Look and Launching a New Light Meal and Walkway Project"> Kaohsiung Lighthouse Temporarily Suspends Opening, Revitalizing New Look and Launching a New Light Meal and Walkway Project
Based on the premise of “people-oriented and revitalization of monuments”, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) will join hands with the Kaohsiung City Government and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation to revitalize the overall appearance of the Kaohsiung Lighthouse Park and the surrounding environment this year by continuing to promote the Kaohsiung Lighthouse renovation project phase II. In particular, certain staff standby rooms will be converted into light meal and snack kiosks and a “light meal and seaview wooden platform” will be set up to offer visitors a place to enjoy the sight of the lighthouse beams illuminating the sea from a close distance. Extension of the opening hours into the evening hours is also in the planning. The walls of the lighthouse and offices will be decorated with soft lights, in order to transform the lighthouse park into the top choice for taking strolls and enjoying the view of Kaohsiung at night. To ensure the safety of visitors, the park will be temporarily closed during the construction period. The MPB said that the Kaohsiung Lighthouse, formerly known as the Cihou Mountain Lighthouse or Cihou Lighthouse, is the only lighthouse in Taiwan that is co-constructed with a fort. It was originally a white quadrangular lighthouse built in 1883 out of red brick. After the opening of the Takao Port in 1916, the Japanese converted it into a white octagonal concrete lighthouse in line with the expansion of the Port of Kaohsiung area. During World War II, it was shot at by machine gunfire, but it did not damage its light-emitting operation, bearing witness to the development history of Takao Port - the predecessor of the Port of Kaohsiung. The MPB further explained that since 2017, the Kaohsiung Lighthouse has been undergoing phase I of the renovation project in accordance with the “Taiwan Area Lighthouse Renovation and Development Plan” to strengthen the lighthouse premises and improve the old facilities. It was then followed with the renovation project phase II for the development of regional tourism. The planning includes landscaping, space configuration for light meal and snack catering contractors, night lighting, and trail improvement projects. The project began its implementation on August 3 and will be completed by the end of February 2022. Considering the frequent access of vehicles and machineries to the park during the construction period, the lighthouse park will be closed during the construction period for the safety of visitors. According to the MPB, the revitalized Kaohsiung Lighthouse will offer visitors a place to enjoy a light meal while admiring the view of Shoushan and the British Consulate at Takao in the distance. The Lighthouse also overlooks the waterways and the ships between Cihou Mountain and Shoushan, as well as provides a choice location for viewing the sunrise and the sunset. Come here to experience the beauty and prosperity of the port city of Kaohsiung, the warmth of the people and culture, and the rich history. After the project is completed, visitors are welcome to come explore and discover the story behind the lighthouse, climb up to the seaview platform, and enjoy a cup of coffee while being caressed by the sea breeze and admiring Kaohsiung’s culture and people. Contact person: Lai,Yi-Chang, Section Chief, Maritime Safety Division Contact number: +886-2-89786810
Maritime Safety Even More Crucial during Pandemic, MPB Launch Online Training Course on Ship Stability
Maritime Safety Even More Crucial during Pandemic, MPB Launch Online Training Course on Ship Stability"> Maritime Safety Even More Crucial during Pandemic, MPB Launch Online Training Course on Ship Stability
The Tokyo Memorandum of Understanding (Tokyo MOU) has announced the launch of a three-month Port State Control (PSC) Concentrated Inspection Campaign (CIC) from September 1 to November 30 this year. The campaign calls for joint inspections by member countries through different themes to effectively curb the movement of substandard vessels in the Asian region. The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) is planning to cooperate with the National Chinese Seamen’s Union and CR Classification Society to conduct online CIC training courses, even though the COVID-19 outbreak has not yet ended. It is planned that the training and certification of Taiwan’s port state control officers (PSCO) will be completed by August, in tandem with the Tokyo MOU CIC operation schedule and the international community. The key inspection item of the Tokyo MOU is “Ship Stability”, which refers to the ability of a ship to right itself after being inclined by external forces such as wind and waves, to ensure the safety of the ship and the comfort of passengers. The MPB plans to conduct two types of training: classroom lectures and practical onboard training. MPB also designed specialized PSCO training materials and checklists for boarding and inspection with reference to the Tokyo MOU bulletin and the latest international convention requirements. PSCOs can receive complete professional training without being affected by the pandemic through the online training method. Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB said the Tokyo MOU is the most important port state control organization in the Asian region. CIC was not implemented last year due to the impact of the pandemic. Starting from this year, the relevant routine inspection operations have been resumed. As a member of the international community, helping Taiwan’s maritime system connect to the international maritime community has always been a key focus of the MPB. We expect to fulfill our international responsibilities and ensure the safety of ship navigation. In addition, in recent years, Taiwan has maintained our place on the Tokyo MOU White List for many years in terms of national vessel navigation safety, allowing that the international community to witness the performance of Taiwan’s maritime transport administration. Contact person: Huang, Yu-Hsin, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact number: +886-2-89782625
Wang Kwo-Tsai Witnessing the Signing of the Construction Contract for the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry, Fulfilling the Government’s Promise to the Residents of Penghu
Wang Kwo-Tsai Witnessing the Signing of the Construction Contract for the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry, Fulfilling the Government’s Promise to the Residents of Penghu"> Wang Kwo-Tsai Witnessing the Signing of the Construction Contract for the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry, Fulfilling the Government’s Promise to the Residents of Penghu
At 2:00 p.m. today (July 29th), under the witness of Wang Kwo-Tsai, Minister of Transportation and Communications, the contract of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Project was officially signed by Yeh Hsieh-Lung, Director-General of the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) and Liu Wen-Ching, Chairman of Taiwan Navigation Company (TNC) at the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). Lai Feng-Wei, Penghu County Magistrate, and Kuo Tien-Kuei, Deputy Secretary-General of Kaohsiung City, also witnessed the event and offered their congratulations online. Chi Wen-Jong, Deputy Minister of the MOTC, Ho Shu-Ping, Director-General of the Department of Navigation and Aviation, Hsieh Wei-Chun, Chairman of the CR Classification Society, Huang Shih-Fang, Section Director of the Tourism Bureau, and a number of VIPs were also invited to attend the ceremony. The signing ceremony was broadcast live to the media and the public. It is anticipated that the 32-year-old vessel TAIHWA Ferry will be replaced in August 2023 to provide a new service on the Kaohsiung-Magong route. In his speech, Wang Kwo-Tsai said that the delivery of the new Taiwan-Penghu Ferry in August 2023 is a promise made by President Tsai Ing-Wen and Premier Su Tseng-Chang of the Executive Yuan to the residents of Penghu. He hoped that the cooperation between the MPB and TNC will be completed on time and according to the quality standard. Through the construction of the new ship, it will improve the service standard so that Penghu residents can have a more convenient and safer transportation environment in their daily lives. Furthermore, in addition to the new Taiwan-Penghu ferry contract signed today, MOTC has also invested in other transportation construction in the Penghu area. These include subsidizing the procurement of five inter-island transportation vessels, as well as the extension of Pier 1 at Magong Port and the ferry terminal project, which are being vigorously implemented and expected to be completed from the end of this year to 2023. The development plan of the Jinlongtou International Tourism Waterfront adjacent to Magong Port will also link up the surrounding scenic spots such as the Duxingshi Village Cultural Park and the New Penghu Bay Juguang Special Zone to become the new highlight of Penghu tourism and drive the development of Penghu’s tourism economy. Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB said that the construction and operation of the new Taiwan-Penghu ferry will break away from the previous framework of publicly owned ships, and will leave behind the traditional model of the government commissioning shipyards to build ships and then entrusting the operation to the shipping industry. The shipping carriers will instead design and build new vessels in accordance with the basic specifications set by MPB and their own operational needs. In addition to providing the basic 300 voyages per year for the Kaohsiung-Magong route for the next 20 years on a self-financing basis, it is also planned that shipping operators can retain the flexibility of vessel operation. In the future, when the pandemic eases and the domestic tourism trend picks up again, tourism charter activities can also be planned under the principle of not affecting the scheduled voyages of the Taiwan-Penghu ferry. The new commissioning method and diversified operation mode will effectively reduce the government’s financial expenditure and promote the development of maritime tourism in Taiwan. In addition, MPB will also introduce aesthetic project management services. In the future, professional aesthetic consultants will collaborate with the shipyard to design the imagery for the appearance and interior space of the new Taiwan-Penghu ferry. Residents of Penghu will be able to look forward to these new designs! Liu Wen-Ching, Chairman of TNC, also said that in order to successfully complete the most important part of the ship construction in this project, Japan’s Naikai Zosen Corporation has been specially commissioned to build the new Taiwan-Penghu ferry. Naikai Zosen Corporation is one of the leading professional shipyards in Japan for building RO-RO passenger and cargo ships, and has a wealth of experiences in construction. Naikai Zosen Corporation will definitely plan appropriately to build a safe and comfortable new Taiwan-Penghu ferry that meets the requirements of the contract with MPB. The new Taiwan-Penghu ferry is the starting point for the MOTC to fulfill transportation justice for Penghu residents. It can bring more people, vehicles, and resources to Penghu. The MPB will cooperate fully with TNC to successfully complete the construction of the new vessel and launch it in August 2023, so as to provide the people of Penghu with better outlying island sea transportation services. Contact person: Wang, Shu-Chuan, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact number: +886-2-89785423

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