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The Ministry of Transportation and Communications Proposes Island Hopping Cruises for Safe Travel
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications Proposes Island Hopping Cruises for Safe Travel"> The Ministry of Transportation and Communications Proposes Island Hopping Cruises for Safe Travel
To provide the public with diverse and safe domestic travel, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) implemented early cruise deployment. Today (6/30), MOTC allowed the Explorer Dream to enter the Port of Keelung for quarantine. If everything goes smoothly, the cruise is expected to set sail at the end of July and will use Keelung as its home port. The cruise will connect Kinmen, Matsu, Penghu, and other offshore islands and officially write the new chapter in safe island-hopping cruises around Taiwan.  The world has been severely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic this year, devastating the international cruise market. As the epidemic stabilizes in Taiwan, the Minister of the MOTC, Lin Chia-Lung, proposed the safe travel plan and island-hopping cruises. Besides alleviating the strain on air travel and the offshore island hospitality industry, the plan will further drive the growth of the travel industry and offshore island tourism industry.  The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) was named for early deployment and successfully recruited international cruise operators to use Taiwan as their home ports. After discussing cruise epidemic prevention measures with the Central Epidemic Command Center and receiving the approval of Minister Chen Shih-Chung for the Explorer Dream resuming proposal, the ship berthed at West pier 4 in the Port of Keelung this morning. The various quarantine and epidemic prevention measures were implemented by the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control, Keelung Harbor Police Department, CIQS, Taiwan International Ports Corporation, and other related organizations. This is the beginning of safe island-hopping cruises.  The Explorer Dream has a displacement of 75,338 tons and a passenger capacity of 3,630 people. Initially, the cruise will carry 1,200 to 1,800 passengers and 588 crew members. Of the 588 crew members, 538 people entered Taiwan and have been placed in 9 separate quarantine hotels for 14-day quarantine. The remaining 50 crew members have undergone polymerase chain reaction (PCR) testing and have all tested negative. They returned to the cruise ship for 14-day home quarantine. After all crew members have completed their quarantine and have tested negative with out-of-pocket PCR testing, they will return to the cruise ship for 7-day self health management. The entire ship will be disinfected by a professional company in accordance with European Union regulations and inspected by public health experts following the completion of quarantine procedures.  Lin Chia-Lung, the Minister of the MOTC, stated that Taiwan’s epidemic prevention measures were deployed early before the rest of the world. Taiwan could be the first country to restore cruise operations in the world. Currently, the “Incentive Guidelines for Cruises Docking in Offshore Islands in Taiwan and Marketing Promotion” is planned to subsidies the travel industry and incentivize cruise operators to plan offshore island stops and marketing to encourage more operators to have their ships stop in offshore island ports. The plan is to revitalize cruise related industries in Taiwan and increase the number of visitors from cruises in offshore islands. The MOTC expects the plan to bring more business opportunities in the travel market these tough times. Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division Section Chief Tu Wen-Yun Contact number: 02-89788020, 0921-201-985
The 100-Year-Old Historical Sites, Dongju and Dongyin Lighthouses, are Completely Restored. The Parks are Now Open to Visitors
The 100-Year-Old Historical Sites, Dongju and Dongyin Lighthouses, are Completely Restored. The Parks are Now Open to Visitors"> The 100-Year-Old Historical Sites, Dongju and Dongyin Lighthouses, are Completely Restored. The Parks are Now Open to Visitors
To maintain the two national heritage sites with over 100 years of history, Dongju Lighthouse and Dongyin Lighthouse, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) has conducted lighthouse restoration and equipment refurbishing operations. Starting in 2017, the study, planning and design, and implementation of traditional techniques began and the project budget is NT$22 million. Parts of the facility were closed due to restoration work since March 20, 2019. The restoration work and the entire facility is now complete and reopened to the public for tours.   Dongju Lighthouse is located in the Northeast Coast of Dongju island in Lienchiang county. It is a white, cylindrical granite structure and was constructed in 1872. The lighthouse is almost 150 years old. The Dongyin Lighthouse is situated in the hillside to the east of Lehua village on Dongyin island. The lighthouse is constructed with white round bricks and the fan shaped base is made of granite. The lighthouse was built in 1904 and is almost 116 years old. Over the years, additions, renovations, and repairs have been made to the lighthouse and the surrounding structures in the site in response to navigational safety and operation requirements. However, most of the materials and structures have reached the end of their life cycles. To maintain normal operations of the lighthouse, the MPB has renovated the main lighthouse structure, dome, and lightning protection equipment. In addition, renovations were also made to the structure, electrical wiring, and fire systems of the surrounding structures. The project aims to increase public safety of the structures and preserve maritime culture assets.   In the misty May and June, the Blue Tears of Matsu is the most popular attraction. The island contains the 100-year-old, historic Dongyin and Dongju lighthouses. These tall buildings do not only guide returning ships but are also important landmarks which attract visitors to the island.  During this restoration project, the MPB established a cultural history exhibition hall in the Dongju Lighthouse and interactive multimedia facilities in the Dongyin Lighthouse. These new facilities aim to show the public the diverse history surrounding these lighthouses. The MPB is providing visitors with a friendly and diverse recreation experience. Contact person: Maritime Safety Division  Section Chief Liu Zheng-Shan Contact number: 02-8978-8098, 0972-820100

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