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MPB completes removal of residual oil from the cargo ship stranded on Xijiyu, Penghu, eliminating the marine pollution crisis
MPB completes removal of residual oil from the cargo ship stranded on Xijiyu, Penghu, eliminating the marine pollution crisis"> MPB completes removal of residual oil from the cargo ship stranded on Xijiyu, Penghu, eliminating the marine pollution crisis
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) stated today (2/7) that the cargo ship "HM FOUNDATION" which ran aground on the northern coast of Penghu's Xijiyu on January 18 was carrying heavy fuel on board. This has been verified by marine surveyors commissioned to board the vessel and perform the inspection. To prevent pollution, the MPB made an emergency procurement requesting a maritime services company to proceed with oil pumping as soon as possible. Oil pumping operations were completed on February 6, effectively eliminating the marine pollution crisis. The MPB stated that, upon learning the "HM FOUNDATION" cargo ship had run aground, it immediately invited the Ocean Conservation Administration and Coast Guard Administration under the Ocean Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan, the Marine National Park Headquarters of the Ministry of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Bureau of Penghu County to convene an emergency response meeting. The purpose of the meeting was to formulate measures for marine pollution prevention and control, such as oil pollution monitoring, laying of oil barriers, and review of plans for residual oil removal. It was resolved at the meeting that the Coast Guard Administration would provide daily monitoring and report on whether the hull had drifted as well as whether the sea surface had been polluted by oil, and that the pumping company was to be instructed to submit a residual oil removal plan on January 24. The above agencies completed review of the plan on January 25, and at 9 pm on January 26 the residual oil removal team departed from Kaohsiung Port to the grounding site after preparations for the necessary pumping equipment were completed. During the pumping process, due to the strong northeast monsoon and large swells in the Penghu waters, operations were at times suspended. Over the past few days, however, while surface conditions remained stable, the operation of draining residual oil from the ship was completed all at once. Approximately 550 liters of heavy fuel, 200 liters of lubricating oil and 90-100 tons of oil-water mixture in the engine room were drawn out in total. The actual quantities, however, still await confirmation in a notarized report submitted by a notary. The MPB indicated that on February 3, ownership of the vessel was declared unclear in accordance with Article 54 of the Commercial Port Law. Under these circumstances, ownership of the ship may be claimed within three months from the announcement date, but if the ship owner does not come forward within the aforementioned period, the vessel will be disposed of as seen fit to ensure that the sea scape of the national park is restored to its original condition as early as possible. Contact person: Lu,Chin-Fa, Section Chief, South Maritime Affairs Center Contact number: +886-7-2620585
Fulfilling the wishes of cyclists, Eluanbi Lighthouse Park will be open to bicycles
Fulfilling the wishes of cyclists, Eluanbi Lighthouse Park will be open to bicycles"> Fulfilling the wishes of cyclists, Eluanbi Lighthouse Park will be open to bicycles
In accordance with the Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ (MOTC) promotion of 2021 as the Year of Bicycle Tours, Kenting National Park is allowing cyclists to purchase tickets and enter the park on foot on a trial basis from February 1 to December 31, 2021. In conjunction, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) has installed bicycle racks at Eluanbi Lighthouse so that cyclists can make a stopover at the lighthouse for sightseeing and picture-taking. According to the MPB, the Eluanbi Lighthouse is located within the Kenting National Park and is one of the four lighthouses marking the extreme points of Taiwan’s main island. As such, its number of visitors has always been the highest among lighthouses open to the public. As Eluanbi Lighthouse is the southernmost point of "Light up Taiwan," it is very popular with cyclists. Due to the prohibition of bicycles in Kenting National Park, however, these cyclists were previously unable to enter the lighthouse with their beloved bikes. As coordinated by the MOTC, the Kenting National Park Headquarters is allowing cyclists to purchase tickets and enter the park on foot on a trial basis, thus assisting in the promotion of bicycle tourism activities in conjunction with the 2021 Year of Bicycle Tours initiative. The MPB has also set up bicycle racks in the lighthouse park to welcome cyclists. Nevertheless, cyclists are called on to observe the regulations established by Kenting National Park Headquarters by walking, not riding, their bikes along the designated trail to the lighthouse. The MPB adds that, to create a friendlier, healthier and safer cycling culture and environment, it will also be conducting a comprehensive review of the installation of bicycle racks in lighthouse parks open to the public, so that cyclists can visit the lighthouses together with their beloved bikes. The Eluanbi Lighthouse is located in Eluanbi, the southernmost tip of Taiwan. The tower is a white, iron-made and round-shaped structure facing the southwest with the mountains as its backdrop. Constructed in the form of a cannon fort, the lighthouse features walls dotted with gunholes and trenches surrounding the structure, making it the only armed lighthouse throughout Taiwan. Rebuilt in 1962, the lighthouse was refurbished with a powerful rotating Fresnel lens that has the strongest luminosity in the country, making Eluanbi the lighthouse with the farthest optical path in the Taiwan and earning it great renown as the brilliant "Light of East Asia." Opening hours are from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm during winter time (November 1 to March 31), and from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm during summer (April 1 to October 31). The lighthouse is closed on Mondays for maintenance. Contact person: Lu, Hsueh-Feng, Section Chief, Maritime Safety Division Contact number: +886-2-89786801
MPB establishes “International Maritime Transport Stability Section” on official website, providing real-time information on additional ships, voyages, and cargo space
MPB establishes “International Maritime Transport Stability Section” on official website, providing real-time information on additional ships, voyages, and cargo space"> MPB establishes “International Maritime Transport Stability Section” on official website, providing real-time information on additional ships, voyages, and cargo space
To address the issues of container shortage and increase in freight rates due to the epidemic, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) has invited relevant units to formulate an International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group, and also established an “International Maritime Transport Stability Section" on its official website yesterday (1/15) evening (https://www.motcmpb.gov.tw/Home/Node?siteId=1&nodeId=10123), providing information on additional vessels, voyages and cargo space as well as number of empty containers, freight rate trends and means of inquiry, etc. for reference by members of the import/export industry. By making this information accessible, the MPB hopes to reduce the imbalance of supply and demand in the global shipping market and mitigate the impact of cargo space and container shortage. Going forward, the MPB will continue to expand the scope of information made available in accordance with the guidance of the Ministry of Transportations and Communications and the meeting resolutions of the working group, thereby ensuring all types of goods manufactured in Taiwan are successfully exported and maintaining the momentum of Taiwan’s economic growth. The MPB furthermore stated that the “International Maritime Transport Stability Section” was established on the Bureau’s official website as instructed by Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung at the 1st meeting of the International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group. To achieve the goal of supporting domestic manufacturers using Taiwan’s shipping capacity, the MPB collects and publishes information on the maritime market, enabling importers and exporters to arrange the import and export of goods with better ease and convenience. Following a series of urgent meetings with domestic carriers and major import and export goods companies convened by the MPB as well as requests made to domestic carriers to review their fleet capacity, line capacity, new ship orders and delivery dates, additional voyages and cargo space have been preliminarily arranged for the months of January and February of 2021, effectively easing capacity shortage for the Asia-US west coast, Asia-US east coast and Intra-Asia shipping lines. In addition to the above, other important information such as the accelerated launch of new ships into the market has also been made available in the International Maritime Transport Stability Section along with the shipping schedules of domestic and foreign operators so that importers and exporters can fully utilize the increase in shipping capacity to expedite the import and export of goods. The MPB further stated that, to assist a portion of operators in overcoming the difficulty of obtaining empty containers, the MPB has also coordinated with the Container Terminal Transport Association R.O.C. to assist in surveys of empty container storage conditions at major domestic terminals, as well as consolidating relevant information and publishing such information in the International Maritime Transport Stability Section of the MPB official site. Furthermore, to prevent unscrupulous businesses from driving up the freight rate and disrupting the pricing mechanism of the international shipping market, the MPB has announced legally verified freight rates, regularly tracks the Freightos Baltic Index (FBX) published by internationally renowned freight marketplace Freightos, and announces freight rate trends for 40-foot containers on major international lines via the International Maritime Transport Stability Section to help importers and exporters monitor changes in freight rates in the domestic and international shipping markets, and adjust orders to reflect freight rates in a timely manner. As supply and demand in the global shipping market is still fluctuating, the MPB will continue to closely monitor relevant information and coordinate communications between relevant agencies (institutions), domestic carriers and importers/exporters under the guidance of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications via meetings convened by the International Maritime Transport Stability Working Group. All relevant information will be published in the “International Maritime Transport Stability Section” on the MPB official website, thus supporting related industries in overcoming the crisis of global shortages in containers and cargo space, ensuring Taiwan’s import/export activities carry on as normal, and maintaining Taiwan’s competitiveness in international trade. Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division Wang Yan-Zhu, Section Chief Contact number: 02-8978-6295

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