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Launching of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Plan
Launching of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Plan"> Launching of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Plan
The “New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Plan”, much-anticipated by the residents of Penghu, was approved by the Executive Yuan in early April. The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) immediately announced online the “Long-Term Service Procurement Project for Kaohsiung-Magong Route;” the evaluation is expected to be completed in early May. For the first time, the central government will contract a new transportation service through shipping operators that meets the relevant specifications under a 20-year period. Moreover, the old TAI HWA Ferry is expected to be replaced in two years and four months with the new vessel that (i.e., August 2023) will provide a new service on the Kaohsiung-Magong route. According to Yeh, Hsieh-Lung, Director General of the MPB, after considering the demand for travel, vehicle, and cargo transportation between Taiwan and Penghu, in order to meet the basic needs of people traveling between Taiwan and Penghu, and in response to the future development of tourism in Penghu, the MPB proposed the “New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry Operation and Construction Plan” for the first time under the principle of ensuring the safety of navigation and improving the quality of service. A quality ship operator will be selected to build a new vessel through a 20-year contract. The new ship will have the capacity to carry over 600 passengers, of which 300 spaces must be designed as sleeping berths. In addition, the vehicle carrying capacity will also be increased. In the future, the new vessel must be able to carry 80 small passenger cars, four large tour buses, and ten TEU containers at the same time, with a gross tonnage of more than 8,300 to satisfy the passenger and cargo delivery service demand between Taiwan and Penghu. Yeh, Hsieh-Lung stated that in addition to the overall aesthetic planning and the provision of comfortable passenger space, the future construction and operation mode of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry will break the traditional model of shipbuilding by government-commissioned shipyards and operation by ship operators. Through a long-term contract, ship operators can design new vessels according to operational needs, introduce the flexible management used in private operations, revitalize the use of vessels, ensure the availability rate of ships, and reduce the financial burden on the government. The project has already been launched and the announcement of the bidding process is currently underway. The construction of the New Taiwan-Penghu Ferry is expected to be completed in August 2023. The MPB will continue to supervise the successful bidders to complete the project on time and according to the relevant quality standards, in order to provide safe and stable operation services and improve the service and quality of sea transportation between Taiwan and Penghu. Contact person: Wang, Shu-Chuan, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact number: +886-2-89785423
High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog
High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog"> High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog
On March 17, 2021, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) approved high-speed passenger ship “RIKULAU’s” application to conduct trial voyages along two newly added routes, "Budai Port-Kinmen Port" and "Magong Port-Kinmen Port." In the future, the ship will be able to assist in the evacuation of passengers detained at Kinmen Airport due to the suspension of aircraft takeoffs and landings. Consequently, travelers will be able to return to Kinmen or back to the main island of Taiwan for holidays smoothly. The MPB stated that as there are no operators in the Kinmen area offering liner service to the main island of Taiwan, passengers are often stranded during fog season each year when visibility at the airport is lowered due to dense fog, aircraft takeoff and landing is suspended, and the airport is temporarily closed. To ensure smooth and uninterrupted travel between the main and offshore islands and in accordance with the “Regulations of Compensation and Supervision for Designated ROC Vessel Carriers Conducting Passenger and Cargo Transportation in Specific Routes,” the MPB has announced that vessel carriers who apply to perform marine evacuation for the "Taichung-Kinmen" route when Kinmen Airport is closed due to heavy fog will be compensated. Currently, this task has been assigned to the "KING MEN EXPRESS LINER" and "HO FU EXPRESS." After the "RIKULAU" high-speed passenger ship passes its trial voyage, it will join in conducting marine evacuation for the "Budai Port-Kinmen Port" and "Magong Port-Kinmen Port” routes. This will greatly increase the marine evacuation capacity of Kinmen Airport during heavy fog. The high-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU," with a gross tonnage of 916, a length of 49.9 meters, and a width of 13.3 meters, has a capacity of 552 passengers and can travel at a maximum speed of 40 knots. It is resistant to winds of Force 7 on the Beaufort scale and wave heights of 4.5 meters, and features a "hull stabilization system" that can reduce the dizziness of passengers while sailing. The interior of the ship provides passengers with a high-quality seating environment while the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system operating throughout the ship offers up to 5 times the air exchange rate compared to non-ventilated vessels. The system effectively improves indoor ventilation and reduces indoor humidity as well as bacteria concentration and carbon dioxide levels, thus greatly enhancing cabin comfort. The MPB explained that operators who apply to undertake new routes must undergo strict navigation safety inspections as high-speed ships sail at a fast speed. Operators are also required to conduct trial voyages in accordance with the applied routes and operational planning. In addition, the MPB will engage experts and scholars to participate in the trial voyages and verify operator compliance, thereby ensuring navigation safety when the routes become operational. Contact person: Wu, Yu-Ling, Senior Executive Officer, South Maritime Affairs Center Contact number: +886-6-3000271
First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea
First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea"> First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea
The first seafarer examination in 2021 was conducted at two examination sites, Hwa Hsia University of Technology in Taipei and Cheng Shiu University in Kaohsiung, on March 6th and 7th. A total of 616 candidates registered for the exam. Test categories on the first day of the exam included topics for first class officers and second class engineers, respectively. During the first session, 185 out of 216 registered candidates were present with an attendance rate of 85.65%. Online video platform YouTube features a channel entitled "LiberTV Helping People Navigate," one of the means through which Hsu Fang-yu shares "life as a seafarer" and "crew information." Hsu, a graduate of the Department of Shipping Technology under the junior college program at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, recalls acquiring an interest in shipping technology after browsing through textbooks owned by her elder brother who was then studying marine engineering. Inspired by those textbooks, she undertook admission exams enrolled in a shipping technology-related program. After graduation, she was successfully recruited by a shipping company. After passing the company’s internship program, she became an officer aboard a container ship. In her capacity as seafarer--the first job she held as a fresh graduate, she became mentally and physically exhausted due to the highly intense work pace and strict hierarchy aboard the ship. For this reason as well as other possible sources of distress, she began rethinking her career as seafarer, and ultimately took a little over a year off to rest and reconsider her prospects. During her time ashore, Hsu began considering different career options and finding a second calling, including setting up a YouTube channel to share the videos she had produced on life as a seafarer. The task was more difficult than expected and she experienced many setbacks at first. While learning to invest in real estate, she also formed a partnership with friends, but was unfortunately scammed by a veteran investor she trusted in and went into debt. To repay the friends who had invested with her, Hsu returned to her job on the ship, frankly admitting that the job indeed paid well and enabled her to settle her debts. During her year away from the job, however, she was able to acquire a few life skills that changed her perspective of working at sea. This is the same knowledge that has enabled her to maintain her optimism in times of trouble or hardship. With her previously filmed videos going viral on the Internet, she started receiving private messages asking what had inspired her to start making videos. In response, Hsu decided to launch a series of videos on crew life, analyzing the latest news on life at sea as a seafarer and clarifying the public doubts and misconceptions. Hsu, who is eloquent on film, started amassing a fanbase. With an increasing number of people interested in life as a seafarer leaving messages to request more videos on crew work, Hsu is looking for more ways to utilize her video channel for unveiling to the general public other aspects of life at sea. This includes knowledge other than professional expertise as well as her own approaches to adjusting to life on board. Those who are interested can search for and watch "LiberTV Helping People Navigate" on YouTube. We hope that these videos will inspire those with a sense of purpose and mission to join the maritime industry. The Maritime and Port Bureau stated that exam questions and answers will be published on the website of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' Seafarer Examination Section (https://sdtportal.mtnet.gov.tw/MPBSDT/Portal/frame.htm) on March 8. If you have any issues arising from the exam questions and answers provided, within 3 days from the day following the date on which the examinations were concluded, that is, before March 10, please log in to the "Seafarer Examination Section" and select "Exam Question Clarification Request" under "Exam Question Clarification Request/Re-examination Application." Contact person: Lu, Yun-Hsin, Section Chief, Seafarers Administration Division Contact number: +886-2-89782642

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North Taiwan Maritime affairs center
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