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Implementing Epidemic Prevention and Management Measures - The Maritime and Port Bureau is Protecting the Health of Seafarers and is Tightening Epidemic Prevention
Implementing Epidemic Prevention and Management Measures - The Maritime and Port Bureau is Protecting the Health of Seafarers and is Tightening Epidemic Prevention"> Implementing Epidemic Prevention and Management Measures - The Maritime and Port Bureau is Protecting the Health of Seafarers and is Tightening Epidemic Prevention
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications stated that, to ensure the health of the crew members, besides continuing to conduct health checks and immigration management for seafarers in accordance with regulations of the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) and actively promoting epidemic prevention behavior, the MPB published the “Seafarer Epidemic Prevention Health Management Measures and Guidelines” on April 14. The Guidelines will give shipping companies and shipping agent related businesses a plan to follow and help the Bureau establish a defense against the epidemic. The MPB pointed out that, besides mandating two daily temperature checks for seafarers and providing instructions for personal health protection, including guidelines for epidemic prevention social etiquettes, the “Seafarer Epidemic Prevention Health Management Measures and Guidelines” also provides guidelines for seafarers to follow when berthing. Seafarers are not allowed to leave their ship unless for operational needs and unrelated personnel are not allowed to board the ship. All personnel involved in the process must wear masks and gloves at all times. When personnel who are feeling unwell are found on the ship, the Port Quarantine Department must be notified immediately. All personnel must follow epidemic prevention measures to help stop the spread of the disease. If seafarers are unable to leave their ship due to the epidemic and related certification is expiring, the shipping company can apply for extensions from MPB on behalf of the ship. The situation will be continuously reviewed as the epidemic develops. The MPB reiterates that, in accordance with the policies of the CECC , starting from March 19, 2020, Taiwanese and foreign seafarers disembarking from their ships must first apply for home quarantine from the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control. The National Immigration Agency of the Ministry of the Interior will then approve the list of seafarers who have completed immigration checks. Seafarers must show this document at the port control station and it must be verified by port police before the seafarers can be allowed to enter the country. During the epidemic prevention period, all shipping agents and ocean carriers must ensure that their seafarers comply with immigration quarantine regulations. Facts must be honestly declared and home quarantine must be completed. The MPB stated that, besides compiling the number of seafarers entering immigration daily, if unwell personnel are discovered during onboard inspections conducted by pilots or MPB personnel, the Taiwan Centers for Disease Control will be immediately notified. The seafarers and port operators will be reminded of personal hygiene protection measures, such as wearing masks and gloves, to stop the spread of the disease. Contact person: Crew Management Division, Section Chief Cheng-Zhen Lin Contact number: 02-89786288, 0930-995777
The Maritime and Port Bureau Has Expanded Maritime Subsidies to Fight the Impact of the Pandemic
The Maritime and Port Bureau Has Expanded Maritime Subsidies to Fight the Impact of the Pandemic"> The Maritime and Port Bureau Has Expanded Maritime Subsidies to Fight the Impact of the Pandemic
Today (4/21), the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications stated that in order to offer more assistance to shipping businesses during the pandemic, the subsidies will be expanded to help shipping businesses that are unable to cease or reduce operations because they provide services to residents on outlying islands. The subsidies will also cover passenger ship captains and assistants and business service operators in Mini Three Links passenger stations. At the same time, subsidies for passenger ship inspections and maintenance costs have been added. The MPB is actively working with the industry to solve these challenges. The MPB has emphasized that they will work to deploy epidemic prevention measures ahead of time. They plan to implement measures that include loan interest subsidies and credit loan guarantees in the future. The MPB will fully assist affected maritime businesses by providing measures covering multiple operational aspects. The MPB has stated that, besides following the principles of Speed, Lenience, and Simplicity, implemented by the Ministry of Transportation and Communication Minister Lin Chia-Lung, and simplifying the application process for operational fund subsidies, remuneration subsidies, and epidemic prevention supply cost subsidies, the MPB will plan a larger variety of epidemic prevention assistance by using more diverse thinking. The Bureau hopes to face the challenges of this pandemic alongside maritime businesses and fulfill the goals of providing convenience and assistance to the public. For example, regarding the loan interest subsidies and credit guarantee offers provided to small and medium enterprises by the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), the MPB has also accelerated the formulation of loan interest subsidies and measures related to credit guarantees for maritime businesses not classified as a small and medium enterprise. The measures will help maritime businesses with higher fixed costs to acquire credit guarantees and interest subsidies for loans and alleviate operational pressures. The MPB has appointed dedicated personnel to assist businesses with the application of various subsidies. For detailed information and information on the application process, please visit the MPB’s website: https://www.motcmpb.gov.tw/Information?siteId=1&nodeId=10084;The MPB will continue to track the needs of the maritime industry and provide timely assistance to businesses when required. Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division, Section Chief Jing-wen Tseng Contact number: 02-89786283, 0987085202
The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports
The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports"> The MOTC’s Early Control of Low Sulfur Fuel Oil in International Vessels has Proven Effective Significant Improvement of Air Pollution Prevention at Ports
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) today (10th) stated that Taiwan’s seven international commercial ports began implementing control measures on January 1, 2019, one year before the international convention takes effect, for vessels that sail international routes to use low sulfur fuel oil. These measures have proven effective and significantly improved the air pollution at the ports, reducing SO2 emission by 6,454.83 metric tons (40.38%) and PM2.5 by 287.48 metric tons (22.32%) compared with last year (2018).        The MPB pointed out that in response to the threat of air pollution to people’s health and the environment, the International Maritime Organization (IMO) stipulated that vessels must use low sulfur fuel oil with sulfur content less than 0.5% of weight, or use devices or alternative fuel with the same emission reduction effect starting on January 1, 2020. For ocean carriers to become familiar with the low sulfur policy and vessel operations, Taiwan first implemented incentive measures at the Port of Kaohsiung on February 1, 2018, and expanded the measures to seven international ports on July 23. Incentive measures was implemented to the end of 2018, and a total of 2,097 applications were submitted in 2018 with total incentives reaching NT$34,535,000. This has achieved the goal of guiding shipowners to actively improve the air pollution at commercial ports, and successfully aligning vessels with international standards. Furthermore, in order to make it convenient for vessels that sail international routes to use low sulfur fuel oil, the MPB coordinated CPC Corporation to provide compliant low sulfur fuel oil at international commercial ports starting in 2019, and to provide full supply in 2020.     The MPB indicated that flag state and port state inspectors of Taiwan have received the same training as member states of the Tokyo MoU to verify visiting vessels use low sulfur fuel oil. A total of 988 vessels were inspected in 2019 and 25 deficiencies were found, including not using low sulfur fuel oil, missing fuel slip or record, incomplete procedures, and incorrect equipment operation, in which there were four violations of not using low sulfur fuel oil. Total fines of NT$400,000 were imposed in accordance with Article 66 of the Commercial Port Law. Overall, inspections found good use of low sulfur fuel oil.     There are 114 domestic vessels that sail international routes, 97 vessels have switched touselow sulfur fuel oil and 17 vessels were installed with equivalent emission reduction devices (scrubber) to comply with the convention, and all vessels meet international standards. However, the effect of open-loop scrubber on waters is still being extensively discussed around the world. The MPB indicated that it will continue to monitor the latest developments worldwide and resolutions of the IMO, and will closely monitor the water quality in harbors, amending domestic maritime and environmental protection laws and regulations in a timely manner to protect citizens’ rights. Contact person: Vessel Management Division Chief Huang Yu-Hsin Contact number: 02-89786291    0933-843-435

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