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High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog
High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog"> High-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU" completes trial voyages, joining reserve force for marine evacuation operations during closure of Kinmen Airport due to heavy fog
On March 17, 2021, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) approved high-speed passenger ship “RIKULAU’s” application to conduct trial voyages along two newly added routes, "Budai Port-Kinmen Port" and "Magong Port-Kinmen Port." In the future, the ship will be able to assist in the evacuation of passengers detained at Kinmen Airport due to the suspension of aircraft takeoffs and landings. Consequently, travelers will be able to return to Kinmen or back to the main island of Taiwan for holidays smoothly. The MPB stated that as there are no operators in the Kinmen area offering liner service to the main island of Taiwan, passengers are often stranded during fog season each year when visibility at the airport is lowered due to dense fog, aircraft takeoff and landing is suspended, and the airport is temporarily closed. To ensure smooth and uninterrupted travel between the main and offshore islands and in accordance with the “Regulations of Compensation and Supervision for Designated ROC Vessel Carriers Conducting Passenger and Cargo Transportation in Specific Routes,” the MPB has announced that vessel carriers who apply to perform marine evacuation for the "Taichung-Kinmen" route when Kinmen Airport is closed due to heavy fog will be compensated. Currently, this task has been assigned to the "KING MEN EXPRESS LINER" and "HO FU EXPRESS." After the "RIKULAU" high-speed passenger ship passes its trial voyage, it will join in conducting marine evacuation for the "Budai Port-Kinmen Port" and "Magong Port-Kinmen Port” routes. This will greatly increase the marine evacuation capacity of Kinmen Airport during heavy fog. The high-speed passenger ship "RIKULAU," with a gross tonnage of 916, a length of 49.9 meters, and a width of 13.3 meters, has a capacity of 552 passengers and can travel at a maximum speed of 40 knots. It is resistant to winds of Force 7 on the Beaufort scale and wave heights of 4.5 meters, and features a "hull stabilization system" that can reduce the dizziness of passengers while sailing. The interior of the ship provides passengers with a high-quality seating environment while the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system operating throughout the ship offers up to 5 times the air exchange rate compared to non-ventilated vessels. The system effectively improves indoor ventilation and reduces indoor humidity as well as bacteria concentration and carbon dioxide levels, thus greatly enhancing cabin comfort. The MPB explained that operators who apply to undertake new routes must undergo strict navigation safety inspections as high-speed ships sail at a fast speed. Operators are also required to conduct trial voyages in accordance with the applied routes and operational planning. In addition, the MPB will engage experts and scholars to participate in the trial voyages and verify operator compliance, thereby ensuring navigation safety when the routes become operational. Contact person: Wu, Yu-Ling, Senior Executive Officer, South Maritime Affairs Center Contact number: +886-6-3000271
First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea
First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea"> First seafarer examination of 2021 takes place Seafarer turns YouTuber to share the wonders of life at sea
The first seafarer examination in 2021 was conducted at two examination sites, Hwa Hsia University of Technology in Taipei and Cheng Shiu University in Kaohsiung, on March 6th and 7th. A total of 616 candidates registered for the exam. Test categories on the first day of the exam included topics for first class officers and second class engineers, respectively. During the first session, 185 out of 216 registered candidates were present with an attendance rate of 85.65%. Online video platform YouTube features a channel entitled "LiberTV Helping People Navigate," one of the means through which Hsu Fang-yu shares "life as a seafarer" and "crew information." Hsu, a graduate of the Department of Shipping Technology under the junior college program at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, recalls acquiring an interest in shipping technology after browsing through textbooks owned by her elder brother who was then studying marine engineering. Inspired by those textbooks, she undertook admission exams enrolled in a shipping technology-related program. After graduation, she was successfully recruited by a shipping company. After passing the company’s internship program, she became an officer aboard a container ship. In her capacity as seafarer--the first job she held as a fresh graduate, she became mentally and physically exhausted due to the highly intense work pace and strict hierarchy aboard the ship. For this reason as well as other possible sources of distress, she began rethinking her career as seafarer, and ultimately took a little over a year off to rest and reconsider her prospects. During her time ashore, Hsu began considering different career options and finding a second calling, including setting up a YouTube channel to share the videos she had produced on life as a seafarer. The task was more difficult than expected and she experienced many setbacks at first. While learning to invest in real estate, she also formed a partnership with friends, but was unfortunately scammed by a veteran investor she trusted in and went into debt. To repay the friends who had invested with her, Hsu returned to her job on the ship, frankly admitting that the job indeed paid well and enabled her to settle her debts. During her year away from the job, however, she was able to acquire a few life skills that changed her perspective of working at sea. This is the same knowledge that has enabled her to maintain her optimism in times of trouble or hardship. With her previously filmed videos going viral on the Internet, she started receiving private messages asking what had inspired her to start making videos. In response, Hsu decided to launch a series of videos on crew life, analyzing the latest news on life at sea as a seafarer and clarifying the public doubts and misconceptions. Hsu, who is eloquent on film, started amassing a fanbase. With an increasing number of people interested in life as a seafarer leaving messages to request more videos on crew work, Hsu is looking for more ways to utilize her video channel for unveiling to the general public other aspects of life at sea. This includes knowledge other than professional expertise as well as her own approaches to adjusting to life on board. Those who are interested can search for and watch "LiberTV Helping People Navigate" on YouTube. We hope that these videos will inspire those with a sense of purpose and mission to join the maritime industry. The Maritime and Port Bureau stated that exam questions and answers will be published on the website of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' Seafarer Examination Section (https://sdtportal.mtnet.gov.tw/MPBSDT/Portal/frame.htm) on March 8. If you have any issues arising from the exam questions and answers provided, within 3 days from the day following the date on which the examinations were concluded, that is, before March 10, please log in to the "Seafarer Examination Section" and select "Exam Question Clarification Request" under "Exam Question Clarification Request/Re-examination Application." Contact person: Lu, Yun-Hsin, Section Chief, Seafarers Administration Division Contact number: +886-7-2620585
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

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