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Maritime and Port Bureau Promotes the “Three Lines of Defense” Joint Inspection Project Strengthening the Navigation Safety of Large Passenger and Cargo Ships to Outlying Islands
Maritime and Port Bureau Promotes the “Three Lines of Defense” Joint Inspection Project Strengthening the Navigation Safety of Large Passenger and Cargo Ships to Outlying Islands"> Maritime and Port Bureau Promotes the “Three Lines of Defense” Joint Inspection Project Strengthening the Navigation Safety of Large Passenger and Cargo Ships to Outlying Islands
The Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held a ministerial meeting yesterday (June 24th) in which the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) reported on the “Joint Inspection and Supervision on Strengthening Navigation Safety of RO-RO Passenger Ships” project. Minister Wang Kwo-Tsai affirmed that the MPB has taken the initiative to conduct joint inspections of three large roll-on/roll-off (RO-RO) passenger and cargo ships, including the “TAI HWA”, “TAI MA”, and “TAIMA STAR”, in order to strengthen the navigation safety to outlying islands. Problems were identified through potential risk assessment, and the inspections were extended to safety management and seafarer management, while early preventive measures were taken to effectively increase the ship safety rate to 100%. The MPB was also instructed to extend the implementation to other passenger ship lines, and to introduce remote inspection technology and digital inspection records. Prior to the completion of the construction of the New Taiwan-Penghu Cruise and the New Taiwan-Magong Cruise, the MPB should continue to closely assist the local government in proper maintenance and management. Additionally, the MPB should regularly strengthen emergency response drills to protect passengers’ lives, property, and safety. According to Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB, “TAI HWA”, “TAI MA”, and “TAIMA STAR” are very important large passenger and cargo ships that regularly operate on Taiwan’s domestic Penghu and Matsu routes. They can carry more than 500 passengers on a single voyage, while the “TAI HWA” can carry thousands of passengers at a time, which is more than five times the capacity of air flights on domestic routes. However, both the “TAI HWA” and “TAI MA” are more than 30 years in age, while the New Taiwan-Penghu Cruise and the New Taiwan-Magong Cruise vessels are not expected to be completed until 2023. Therefore, the MPB launched the joint inspection project in November 2020, thereby ensuring the navigation safety of these ships and the uninterrupted transportation of people and goods to the outlying islands. In addition to the two safety measures of the existing statutory inspection and classification inspection requirements, a third line of defense has been added by enlisting scholars and experts with practical experience in the management of vessels of this category to provide more forward-looking and practical opinions. Through the collection of ship voyage and maintenance records from the past five years, the inspections have been extended to company safety management and seafarer competency management, so that preventive improvement measures can be taken at an early stage. The establishment of a strict management mechanism will help with continuous tracking of vessels to ensure that improvement measures have been implemented. As a result, since the project first started its implementation six months ago, the reliability rate of the three large passenger and cargo ships has been effectively improved, with all three vessels maintaining a level 100%. This is an excellent result. The MPB said that it will continue to follow the instructions of the MOTC to assist in supervising the local governments of the outlying islands. It will also help the relevant shipping companies to maintain the vessels properly, and to discuss specific measures that can be expanded to the inspection of other passenger ships. Furthermore, the MPB will introduce the application of relevant technologies to effectively improve the efficiency of ship inspection and ensure the safety of navigation. Contact person: Lin, Kuan-Hung, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact number: +886-2-89782892
Taiwan recognized by the U.S. as a flag administration for the QUALSHIP 21 Program for three consecutive years
Taiwan recognized by the U.S. as a flag administration for the QUALSHIP 21 Program for three consecutive years"> Taiwan recognized by the U.S. as a flag administration for the QUALSHIP 21 Program for three consecutive years
Taiwan recognized by the U.S. as a flag administration for the QUALSHIP 21 Program for three consecutive years According to the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), the latest Port State Control Annual Report for 2020 released by the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) (pictured) discloses that Taiwan has been recognized as a “flag administration for the quality shipping for the 21st century (QUALSHIP 21) program” by the US government for three consecutive years. Based on this qualification, Taiwanese ocean carriers can apply to the U.S. Coast Guard to register their Taiwan-flagged ships as high-quality ships before June 30, 2022. Following registration, the frequency of inspections at U.S. ports will be significantly reduced to once every three years, effectively reducing the duration of port stays for Taiwanese vessels, improving the efficiency of ship operations, and promoting the development of Taiwan-US trade. The U.S. Coast Guard has been implementing the QUALSHIP 21 program since January 1, 2001. The program entails investing inspection energy on substandard ships pending the correction of deficiencies or with poor management systems to safeguard crew welfare and personnel safety, and to ensure that the marine environment is not negatively affected. The selection criteria for this program is extremely rigorous. Vessels belonging to the flag administration must have undergone at least 10 Port State Control inspections per year for the past 3 years with an average detention ratio of under 1%. The vessels must also be subject to International Maritime Organization audits to receive the excellent flag administration certification. Yeh, Hsieh-Lung, Director-General of the MPB, indicated that 39 inspections have been performed on Taiwan-flagged fleets that regularly sail US routes in the past three years with all vessels passing U.S. inspections at a detention ratio of 0%. This demonstrates that the commitment of national ships to maritime safety and marine environmental protection has been highly recognized by the United States. Apart from notifying ocean carriers with Taiwan-flagged vessels of this information, the MPB also assists in applying for registration as high-quality ships with the U.S. Coast Guard. Taiwan has been honored with this recognition for three years consecutively along with 22 other countries including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Japan, and is one of the few Asian countries that have won this accolade for three consecutive years. Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung emphasized that in addition to QUALSHIP 21, according to the annual report published by the Tokyo MOU on April 30, Taiwan has been included in the Tokyo MOU White List for 4 consecutive years from 2017 to 2020. The fact that Taiwan has been listed by both organizations for 3 consecutive years demonstrates that it has become a developed country in terms of maritime shipping. Furthermore, “CR Classification Society,” the ship surveying agency entrusted by Taiwan, has also been rated as a high-performance surveying agency. In the future, MPB and CR Classification Society will actively cooperate to promote the strengthening of national shipping management and fulfill the responsibilities related to international conventions to maintain Taiwan’s excellent standings with QUALSHIP 21 and the Tokyo MOU. This will enable excellent ocean carriers of Taiwan to become more competitive in the international shipping market. Contact person: Huang, Yu-Hsin, Section Chief, Vessel Management Division Contact number: +886-2-89782625
Maritime and Port Bureau and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology join hands to build a national-level international maritime convention information platform
Maritime and Port Bureau and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology join hands to build a national-level international maritime convention information platform"> Maritime and Port Bureau and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology join hands to build a national-level international maritime convention information platform
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) and National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST), represented respectively by MPB Director-General Yeh, Hsieh-Lung and NKUST President Yang, Ching-Yu, signed a memorandum of understanding this morning (10th) on the NKUST Cijin campus. Going forward, the research powers of NKUST’s International Maritime Convention Research Center will be heavily relied on as MPB and the university jointly build a national-level international maritime convention information platform and shipping industry dynamic knowledge base while working together to cultivate talents with expertise in international maritime affairs. This partnership has set an important milestone for government-academia collaboration within Taiwan’s maritime sector. Chief Secretary Liou, Guo-Lie of the Ocean Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan, Huang, Den-Fu, Deputy Director-General of the Kaohsiung City Government Marine Bureau, Chairman Chang, Yen-I of Evergreen Marine Corporation, Lee, Hsien-Yi, Chairman of Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Chen, Shao-liang, President of Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., Hsieh, Wei-Chun, Chairman of CR Classification Society as well as more than 60 distinguished guests from industry, government and academia attended the signing ceremony. After the conclusion of the ceremony, guests were invited to visit the "Maritime Engineering Elite Training Base for Offshore Wind Industry" of NKUST to witness the university’s abundant professional capabilities in training maritime personnel. As Director-General Yeh, Hsieh-Lung stated, the alliance and cooperation between the MPB and NKUST is believed to be a very important step in the development of Taiwan’s maritime transport and the industry’s alignment with international standards. As the supervisory authority of national maritime transport, MPB is fully responsible for ensuring Taiwan’s maritime management system is in line with international standards. As such, this has been one of the most crucial tasks that Director-General Yeh has sought to complete after assuming office in September last year. Shortly after NKUST established its International Maritime Convention Research Center in November last year, Director-General Yeh had the opportunity to visit the university on January 8 this year. The timing could not have been more perfect, and Director-General Yeh even quoted poetry describing the joy of finding a long-lost beloved to give words to his great pleasure in being able to establish this alliance. Since the merger of three universities into NKUST in 2018, the school has successively established the Railway Technology Center, the Wind Industry Training Base, and the International Maritime Convention Research Center. Through resource integration and complementary advantages, NKUST has harnessed and magnified the research powers the three universities each previously possessed into a more powerful and synergistic research energy that provides industry members and government agencies with a full range of solutions. As such, the MPB looks greatly forward to substantive exchanges and cooperation with NKUST as soon as possible to accelerate the construction of a more immediate and complete international maritime convention information platform that will enable adequate response to the rapid changes and diversified development of global marine transportation development trends. In his speech, President Yang, Ching-Yu said that the International Maritime Convention Research Center now possesses as much as 75 Gigabyte and 1.5 million pages of data, demonstrating the value of the university merger. As the maritime industry plays a key role in Taiwan’s economic development, the training of Taiwan’s maritime talents is of utmost importance. We must therefore focus our attention on how maritime colleges and universities improve their curriculum planning and teaching materials in accordance with the development of marine science and technology as well as maritime-related international conventions. As present, Taiwan only has a few colleges and universities dedicated to cultivating maritime talents. To address this issue, NKUST first established the Maritime Personnel Training Center, and then formulated the International Maritime Convention Research Center in 2020 so that the maritime information research platform can be used to collect, summarize, organize and analyze the proceedings of international maritime organizations with the goal of serving as the government’s think tank for providing maritime policy orientation and maritime information. Now that an alliance has been built with the MPB, the center aims, in the future, to fully grasp the latest dynamic information on international conventions, timely update domestic maritime regulations, and work together with the MPB to instill Taiwan’s maritime industry and seafarer work environment with new vitality, all of which are tasks of great meaning and value. In his speech, Lee, Hsien-Yi, Chairman of Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd., expressed his great pleasure in witnessing the signing ceremony. He also voiced his anticipation of industry, government and academia collaborations that will provide the government with policy recommendations and a better platform that offers ocean carriers with better services. Hsieh, Wei-Chun, Chairman of the CR Classification Society added that the MPB attaches great importance to today’s signing ceremony, as evidenced by the many top-level officials accompanying the Director-General. To signify its joint commitment, the CR Classification Society has recently upgraded its Renewable Energy Group to the Renewable Energy Department with the aim to jointly contribute to Taiwan’s maritime industry in accordance with national policies in the future. The signing of the memorandum of understanding between the MPB and the NKUST constitutes a new model of government-academia cooperation that will open up new opportunities for Taiwan's maritime development. With the two entities joining forces to become the strongest pillars of support for Taiwan's maritime industry, Taiwan's maritime transport will become a globally leading industry that enables the nation to become a true maritime power! Contact person: Huang, Ling-Yu, Section Chief, Planning Division Contact number: +886-2-89782790

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