The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) organized the seminar “Nationalization Review of the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW)” in the afternoon of October 7th. Its purpose was to review the results of the nationalization of international maritime conventions and their incorporation into domestic maritime laws. MPB hopes to align with international standards when formulating policies or amendment of maritime laws in the future. This would allow Taiwan to keep abreast of international development trends and help commercial maritime operators travel smoothly across international markets.
The seminar was hosted by Chief Secretary Jiann-Shiun Yu of the MPB. The MPB invited Kai-Hung Fang - Assistant Professor from Taipei College of Maritime Technology - to attend the event as the keynote speaker and participate in panel discussions with Bin Lin, Honorary Lecturer from National Taiwan Ocean University; Cheng-Lung Chen, Chairman of National Chinese Seamen's Union; Hung-Lie Hsu, former Secretary-General of the National Association of Chinese Shipowners; Chia-Sheng Hu, Associate Professor from the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology; and Mr. Alexander F. Hickerthier from the National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, in order to discuss whether maritime laws meet requirements of the STCW, and whether the STCW has been fully included in domestic laws. These experts and scholars reviewed and discussed the issues, and proposed specific recommendations. The MPB also organized a panel discussion for timely exchange of ideas.
Mr. Chien-Hsun Yu stated that since its establishment in 2012, MPB has always actively pursued the nationalization of international maritime conventions. It currently promotes the nationalization of important maritime conventions from the International Maritime Organization (IMO), and has achieved substantial results. MPB therefore chose review of STCW nationalization as the topic for the first seminar organized. The STCW is crucial for the training, labor rights and interests, and the work environment of ship operators and crew. MPB shall continue to organize seminars for reviewing the nationalization of other important maritime conventions, such as MARPOL, SOLAS, and COLREG, with the aim of helping the maritime industry in Taiwan to continuously increase their international competitiveness.
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