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The Explorer Dream Completes its Full Participation Exercise and Prepares to Set Sail on New Year’s Day
2021.12

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The Explorer Dream Completes its Full Participation Exercise and Prepares to Set Sail on New Year’s Day

As preparation for reactivating the Explorer Dream, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) has completed the inspection for epidemic prevention and the emergency full participation exercise on the Explorer Dream at Wharves No. 2 and 3 at the east bank of Keelung Port this morning (27th). With Yeh Hsieh-Lung, Director General of the MPB, MOTC as the director of the operation, public health experts along with representatives of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Customs Administration (CA) of the Ministry of Finance (MOF), National Immigration Agency (NIA) of the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), Coast Guard Administration (CGA) of the Ocean Affairs Council (OAC), Bureau of Animal and Plant Health Inspection and Quarantine (BAPHIQ) of the Council of Agriculture (COA), Keelung Harbor Police Department, Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC), cruise companies, shipping agencies, and transportation service providers for epidemic prevention measures were all invited to participate. The exercise simulated an emergency response to suspected cases of COVID-19 during a cruise trip. During the exercise, public health experts and the relevant departments of the CDC carefully examined each stage of the operating procedures. The simulation was realistic and successful; therefore, the Explorer Dream is set to be reactivated in the evening of December 31 for the New Year’s Day voyage as scheduled, so that people may go on cruise trips safely without traveling abroad. According to the MPB, guidelines for the reactivation and a contingency plan, which were approved by the Central Epidemic Command Center (CECC) on December 23, were announced before the exercise commenced. It simulated carrying 65 passengers and 339 seafarers; on the voyage to Hualien from Keelung Port, two passengers reported feeling ill to the medic at the infirmary by telephone, the two passengers were later considered as patients under investigation (PUI). The exercise included: After contacting the infirmary on the ship with the room telephone, the two PUI were transferred to isolation rooms by medics wearing protection gear. Then, the medic collected samples and conducted primary testing, and after 20 minutes, the testing results of the VitaPCR Instrument were suspected to be positive. The captain was immediately informed. Subsequently, the captain broadcasted and requested all passengers and seafarers to return to their rooms immediately after initiating the emergency contingency plan. The cruise ship stopped its voyage and returned to Keelung Port immediately. At the same time, the disease control committee of the ship conducted an emergency meeting to confirm the status of each department and started tracking the footprints of the two PUI. After berthing, the two PUI were escorted off the ship to ambulances for hospitalization. Then, the rest of the passengers were transported to quarantine hotels after receiving PCR tests at the deck in an orderly fashion. All members of the crew understood their duties, and overall, the exercise went smoothly. Furthermore, the MPB added that public health experts and the CDC made suggestions for the emergency exercise and the measures for epidemic prevention conducted on the ship this morning. The suggestions can be classified into the implementation of measures for epidemic prevention at all times and the contingent responses when discovering confirmed cases. For example, reinforcing education and training for the crew on COVID-19 knowledge and prevention, especially for new employees of the cruise and staff who often receive passengers; conduct emergency drills on the ship every month, and implement deployment of seafarers and their respective duties in the emergency contingency plan. The MPB will send agents to supervise these measures; in addition, business hours of the amusement center and casino should be adjusted accordingly, and the frequency of sanitization should also be increased. If suspected cases were discovered on the ship, the whereabouts of those in close contact with the suspected cases must be tracked using closed-circuit television (CCTV); staff of the room service department should offer surgical masks to all passengers on board while delivering meals. Passengers should be reassured, the wait time of PCR testing should be reduced, and the traffic flow when disembarking should be controlled. As soon as there is a confirmed case, the cruise company must inform the MPB. The MPB will also inform the Customs, Immigration, Quarantine, and Security (CIQS) units and relevant departments to form a crisis intervention team. Furthermore, the cruise company has been advised to adjust its operation human resources during the initial reactivation phase and to operate its business in a stable manner to rebuild people’s confidence in cruises. We sincerely hope that the domestic cruise industry resumes operations smoothly. Contact person: Tu, Wen-Yun, Section Chief, Maritime Affairs Division Contact number: +886-2-8978020

2021 Grand Finale: Shipping Affairs Conference Discussing Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Development Trends
2021.12

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2021 Grand Finale: Shipping Affairs Conference Discussing Taiwan’s Maritime and Port Development Trends

The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held the 2021 Shipping Affairs Conference at the B1 international conference hall of the Institute of Transportation, MOTC building on December 24, where public associations and major industry players were invited to participate. Over 80 honorable guests joined the conference, with Mr. Chi Wen-Chong, Administrative Deputy Minister of the MOTC, as the host. The conference focused on four topics, namely seafarers, ports, vessels, and green energy to grasp the development trends of the international maritime industry. The conference will allow the MPB and maritime industry to prepare more accurately for future challenges and opportunities together, creating even more outstanding results. Administrative Deputy Minister Chi stated in his speech that inviting maritime-related industries and holding the Shipping Affairs Conference at the end of each year is a great tradition of the MPB. The conference is not only a great communication platform between the public and private sectors, it also serves as a forum to discuss Taiwan’s maritime and port development trends; furthermore, the conference provides a space to address pending issues, serving as important reference for administrative affairs in the future. Administrative Deputy Minister Chi also mentioned that the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly reduced domestic tourism demand. For this reason, the government has offered relief packages to boost tourism-related industries. This year, under the impacts of COVID-19, even though the global maritime industry had reached a decade-long high, it also faced many difficulties such as crew changes, epidemic prevention, container shortage, vessel shortage, and ships idling off ports causing delays. On the other hand, the Energy Transition Policy has led to the promotion of offshore wind power in Taiwan; this is both an opportunity and a challenge to the development of maritime industries in Taiwan. Complementary measures for setting the locations of offshore wind farms must be planned comprehensively to ensure the navigation safety of vessels. Furthermore, Taiwan is endeavoring to sign a bilateral trade agreement with the U.S. To increase our competitiveness through coordination and communication efforts, while following the green energy trend of the international maritime industry, LNG vessels  have already been implemented; in addition, the government has also accelerated the planning of projects to build corresponding ports, in order to meet the future needs of shipping carriers’ route deployment. The MPB stated that after exchanging ideas with industry representatives through this conference, partial concrete results and consensus have been reached, including the cultivation of seafarers. By collaborating with maritime colleges and universities, the MPB can help junior-year students who are interested in working on vessels obtain their seafarer certifications. And by the time they graduate, they would be able to start working immediately, increasing the seafarer manpower of Taiwan. Furthermore, to increase the vaccination rate of seafarers on board, the MPB has filed a request to the Central Epidemic Command Center to vaccinate seafarers in designated areas of ports to boost seafarers’ immunities. The MPB is also working with the Central Epidemic Command Center to increase the monthly border entry quotas by vessel and plane to 150 people each, facilitating crew changes during the pandemic. Referencing problems such as idling vessels congesting the ports and port backlogs caused by the current pandemic, the MPB has also asked the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to make an inventory of the current port facilities in Taiwan’s international commercial ports, and to adjust operations to increase efficiency, bearing future plans in mind. TIPC will also cooperate with future green energy policy trends, and set up corresponding port services and facilities to establish green ports and increase the competitiveness of Taiwan‘s international commercial ports. The MPB and TIPC will continue to assist businesses in the industry and collect their opinions, which will serve as reference for future policy planning. As the strongest supporter of the industry, we will advance toward our goals: “people-centric maritime industry and ports, well-connected maritime transport, quality environment, and sustainable shipping.” Contact person: Cheng, Chin-Chou, Senior Executive Officer, Maritime Affairs Division Contact number: +886-2-8972550

MPB’s First Maritime and Port Big Data Creative Application Competition Receives Wide Acclaim
2021.11

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MPB’s First Maritime and Port Big Data Creative Application Competition Receives Wide Acclaim

The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held the award ceremony for the first Maritime and Port Big Data Creative Application Competition today (Nov. 30), granting up to $280,000 in prizes to encourage participants. The competition focused on issues such as carbon emissions, the global port congestion crisis, manpower supply and demand in the shipping industry, and national ship fleet upgrade policy, with diverse, fascinating entries that showcased innovative proposals and applications of big data in Taiwan’s maritime industry. The MPB stated that seeing the arrival of the digital convergence era, the MPB has established the Maritime and Port Development Database Public Information Platform to collect large amounts of varied maritime port-related information and data. The event was held in the hope of encouraging enterprises and university students who specialize in domestic shipping, transportation, big data, information, international trade, statistics, and other fields to try to analyze and apply big data in the maritime industry through a multi-faceted approach. The resulting novel ideas and plans can derive practical value from the wealth of massive datasets to truly instill creativity and yield real-life applications for Taiwan’s maritime industry. Bao Jya-yuan, Secretary-General of the ROC National Association of Shipping Agencies and a member of the judging panel, said in his speech that the structured information compiled by the MPB is beneficial to many in the academia and the industry. Cathy Chin, Honorary Chairperson of the Taiwan International Logistics & Supply Chain Association and a member of the judging panel, also indicated that the Maritime and Port Development Database Public Information Platform is a treasure trove for the public to explore. Cheng Cheng-Hsiung, Chief Strategy Officer of Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, also thanked the MPB for providing this platform, which enables participants’ results to be referenced for policy-making. The competition was divided into two sections: one for the general public and one for students, and attracted the enrollment of 41 teams in total. The top three received $80,000, $30,000, and $10,000 in prize money, respectively, and 4 other excellent entries received an honorable mention and $5,000 each. The top three in the general group, Phekda, iCan, and Zhonggang Secretary, correspondingly submitted the entries: “Data-Enabled Harbor Management: A Study on the Advanced Application of Maritime and Port Data”, “Route Development in Taiwan's Potential Import and Export Markets - Using the Example of the New Southbound Countries”, and “A Study on the Current Development of Harbor Traffic and Bulk in Cross-Strait Sea Transport”. The top three in the student group, “Rock”, “Free Trade, No Problem”, and “Little South Sea Heroes”, correspondingly submitted the entries: “Solving the Carbon Emissions Problem with a Compilation System for Real-time Arrival Information”, “Analysis of the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Free Trade Zones Using a Time Series Model”, and "Exploration of the Impact of Global Port Congestion on Taiwan's Ocean Freight”. The MPB stressed that it will continue to hold Maritime and Port Big Data Creative Application Competitions in the future and looks forward to the participation of more exceptional talents. The MPB wishes to cultivate maritime industry experts in Taiwan, and continues to infuse the field with new life and creativity. Contact person: Chen,Chih-Pei, Section Chief, Planning Division Contact number: +886-2-89782842

Two Forums: “Pioneering Shipping” & “Quality Ports” MPB Leads the Way with “Pioneering Shipping”
2021.11

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Two Forums: “Pioneering Shipping” & “Quality Ports” MPB Leads the Way with “Pioneering Shipping”

In order to improve the competitiveness of ports, explain to the world the government’s policies and expectations from the industry in the future, and respond to the expectations of the public and the industry, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. (TIPC) held the two forums “Pioneering Shipping and “Quality Ports” in November. The MPB took the lead with the “Pioneering Shipping” forum, held physically and virtually at the Sheraton Grand Taipei Hotel on Nov. 10. People from the government, industry, academia, and research institutions at home and abroad were invited, and over 300 people participated both in person and online. Chi Wen-Jong, Administrative Deputy Minister of the MOTC, delivered a speech in person, promising to stay ahead of international maritime transport trends and build a solid foundation in Taiwan to facilitate global expansion, thereby heralding in a bright future for shipping. Administrative Deputy Minister Chi said in his speech that Taiwan’s shipping industry fills the nation with pride as it plays an important role on the international stage. Although the global economy has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic since 2020 and various industries have seen a downturn, Taiwan’s imports and exports have been able to remain stable and continue to grow. This is all thanks to the full support and assistance of Taiwanese ocean carriers. Administrative Deputy Minister Chi also mentioned that under the influence of the pandemic and the US-China trade war, the global supply chain has also undergone structural changes. In addition, the investment in new ship construction by shipping companies and the subsequent economic stage, the global target of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, and the green shipping trend driven by the recent rise in oil prices are all topics worthy of discussion and response. Through this forum, the MPB and the maritime industry are able to brainstorm together and discern future opportunities and challenges, as to grow stronger together. Chen Pin-Chuan, Deputy Director-General of the MPB, said that the shipping industry is currently experiencing a once-in-a-century boom, and Taiwan’s shipping industry is once again demonstrating its prowess. However, due to the pandemic, there are crises such as shipping schedule delays, supply chain chaos, and crew replacement difficulties. On the other hand, green shipping is still riding a wave of popularity, and the International Maritime Organization, the European Union, and the United Nations are all devoted to climate change response. These were also discussed in the three main themes of the forum today. Moreover, shipping and port development are closely related: shipping development drives port development, and vice versa. The MPB and the TIPC held a dual forum to answer the question “How can shipping and port development help each other achieve mutual prosperity?” The comprehensive exchanges of today’s “Pioneering Shipping” forum will serve as an important reference for shipping policies and a basis for the TIPC’s “Quality Ports” forum next week, further invigorating Taiwan’s maritime and port industry growth. Bronson Hsieh, former Chairperson of Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation, was invited to give a speech on the topic of “The Past and the Future of Taiwan's Maritime and Port Industry” for this forum. MOTC Administrative Deputy Minister Chi Wen-Jong, MPB Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Long, and CR Classification Society Chairman Hsieh Wei-Chun were invited to be the respective moderators for the sessions on the topics “Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Shipping Market”, “Connections and Prospects between Taiwanese Ocean Carriers and the Global Shipping Market”, and “Trends of Global Green Shipping and Smart Ship Development”. The guest speakers and panelists included Yang Ming Marine Transport Corporation Chairperson Cheng Chen-Mount and President Patrick Tu; Evergreen Marine Vice President Su Teng-Huan and Vice President of the Ship Division Huang Chung-Jung; Wan Hai Lines President Hsieh Fu-Lung; U-Ming Marine Transport President Wang Shu-Chi; T.S. Lines President Tu Hung-Lin; CR Classification Society CEO Cheng Chih-Wen; Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center CEO Chou Shean-Kwang; National Taiwan Ocean University Professor Younger Wu; National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology (NKUST) Professor Tai Hui-Huang; NKUST’s Center for International Maritime Convention Studies CEO Solomon Chen; and other academic and industry representatives. In the “Opportunities and Challenges in the Global Shipping Market” session, the guest panelists suggested that in the face of fierce competition from the load of large cargo ships, it is necessary to continuously improve intelligent management and freight solicitation skills, and to establish close cooperation and partnerships with ports to strengthen resilience of the overall supply chain. In the “Connections and Prospects between Taiwanese Ocean Carriers and the Global Shipping Market” session, it was suggested that the relevant government agencies should work together with carriers to consider how to support and promote development via regulatory amendments, LNG fleet operations and management, crew training, ship maintenance, and other aspects. As for the “Trends of Global Green Shipping and Smart Ship Development” session, in order to respond to the international carbon reduction target, it was suggested that shipping and port-related authorities should also pay attention to market development, and propose corresponding policies and measures in a timely manner before international regulations come into effect. Taiwan is a maritime nation. Its shipping industry has a pivotal position in the world. The MPB will continue to upgrade the shipping industry in the future, with a view to promote the development of domestic maritime transport and build a solid foundation in Taiwan to facilitate global expansion, thereby heralding in a bright future for shipping! Contact person: Huang, Ling-Yuh, Section Chief, Planning Division Contact number: +886-2-89782790

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