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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
“King of the Oceans Sailing Towards a New Era” Official Launch of the Online Career and Education Expo for the Shipping Industry
“King of the Oceans Sailing Towards a New Era” Official Launch of the Online Career and Education Expo for the Shipping Industry"> “King of the Oceans Sailing Towards a New Era” Official Launch of the Online Career and Education Expo for the Shipping Industry
On the July 10th, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Minis-try of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held a live webcast event “Sailing Towards the Grand Line Podcast” on the MPB’s official Fa-cebook page “Tales from the MPB ”, which generated a lot of public inter-est in the shipping industry. Today (July 22nd), Deputy Minister Chi Wen-Jong of the MOTC and Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB announced the official launch of the “2021 Online Career and Edu-cation Expo for the Shipping Industry of the Maritime and Port Bureau of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications” via an online video recording. The MPB invited nearly 50 organizations and departments from the shipping industry, government, and academia to join the event, and of-fered more than 3,000 job openings and recruitment positions. The three major domestic ocean carriers also made every effort to support the event, offering a number of vacancies at the managerial level, including captains (managerial level) and chief engineers, with a monthly salary of up to NT$300,000. Chi Wen-Jong, Deputy Minister of the MOTC, said that the expo was made possible by Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB, who re-sponded to the suggestions of the academia and the industry during discus-sion with the presidents of maritime colleges and the shipping industry. Unlike the previous expos, which were held jointly with other disciplines, this time the MPB took the role as the competent authority of maritime transportation to integrate and create the first employment and further edu-cation expo in Taiwan focusing on the “six major fields in shipping”. It can be regarded as the first of its kind, and is particularly meaningful to Taiwan, which holds a significant position in global maritime transporta-tion. In his speech, Deputy Minister Chi Wen-Jong said that in the past, the general public’s understanding of shipping was mostly stuck in the stereo-type of a life “stuck on the seas” and that the crew were unable to take care of their families. However, with the rapid advancement of technology, the convenience of the Internet, and the smartization of ship operations, crew members are no longer “lonely seafarers” but “professional navigators”. Crew members would have more opportunities in the future to work ashore and take up management positions in shipping companies, so it is definitely an ideal job with long-term development. In addition, with the promotion of the domestic green energy policy and the rising national awareness of marine tourism, offshore wind power, cruise ships, yachts and other marine leisure industries are also growing and developing rapid-ly. Together with the businesses and government agencies based around port affairs, the career development of shipping is no longer limited to the sea, but can be extended to onshore, making it an excellent workplace en-vironment for taking care of both career and family. In addition, the MPB pointed out that the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has had a considerable impact on most industries, but the shipping industry has grown into one of the “hottest” industries in spite of the pandemic. Therefore, the entire shipping industry is fully sup-portive of this expo. In addition to the many job openings, Chang Yen-I, Chairman of Evergreen Marine Corporation, Cheng Chen-Mount, Chair-man of Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, Lee Hsien-Yi, Chair-man of Taiwan International Ports Corporation, and the presidents of three domestic maritime universities shared the trend and future of the shipping industry through a video, in order to let more people know about the ship-ping industry and even attract talents to consider the shipping industry as their career choice. The MPB further said that, in conjunction with the new academic year, the expo has specially incorporated the recruitment campaign of mar-itime colleges and universities. In addition to providing candidates and parents with an additional channel to learn about shipping-related subjects, more importantly, the expo has planned an online career consulting service to conduct aptitude tests for candidates. The professional consulting ser-vice will help candidates who are still hesitant and exploring their apti-tudes to understand their strengths and make it easy to select their fields of study. The Online Career and Education Expo organized by the MPB will be running for more than a month until August 31st. In addition to search-ing for the latest job openings on the official website, interested parties can also watch videos online, including discussions of industry and human re-sources experts on the development and future of the shipping industry, as well as interview and job search techniques. By booking appointments, members of the public can meet with resume checkers and career consult-ants online for free one-on-one resume check and career aptitude consult-ing services. Furthermore, to encourage more talents to join the shipping industry, the MPB has planned a lucky draw to give away a total of more than NT$50,000 worth of prizes to those who book job interview ap-pointments. The prizes include a sports camera, waterproof Bluetooth speakers, a waterproof digital LCD watch, canvas bags, and pens that sym-bolize good luck in job hunts and exams. It is hoped that these actions would not only help people in further education and job hunting, but also to make use of this platform to start a new chapter in their lives. The MPB would like to once again remind the public that all those interested in the shipping industry, regardless of whether or not you are qualified as a seafarer, will have an opportunity now to join the shipping industry. A series of related activities will continue until August 31st, and the latest news will be announced from time to time on the official event website (https://www.fullahead2021.com/) and the “Tales from the MPB” Facebook page (https://zh-tw.facebook.com/motcmpb.gov.tw/). Interested parties are welcome to keep updated of the latest news and become the “King of the Oceans” together. Contact person: Chan, Chia-Chuan, Section Chief, Seafarers Administration Division Contact number: +886-2-89788036
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

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