The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) stated today (5/1) that in response to the escalating novel coronavirus pandemic, Maritime Relief 2.0 has been expanded to provide more assistance to maritime related industry, increase shipping operations of Taiwanese vessels not part of small and medium enterprise, and provide NT$243 million in loan interest subsidies and NT$30 billion in loan credit guarantees to vessel carriers, container terminal operators and cargo handling forwarders. These policies aim to relive operational pressures for maritime industry. Maritime Relief 2.0, compared to Maritime Relief 1.0, has added several subsidy measures, such as subsidies for passenger vessel inspections and maintenance fees during the service suspension period. The relief subsidies have also been expanded to fuel expenses and seafarer remuneration for businesses operating passenger vessels to and from outlying islands that can not be suspended or reduced. Subsidies for the salaries of pilots and assistants of small passenger vessels and rent subsidies for businesses in Mini Three Links passenger terminals in Kinmen and Matsu are also available. To date, NT$105.71 million in relief subsidies have been paid to maritime industry. The MPB will face the harsh challenges of this pandemic with the maritime industry.
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, an information seminar was organized on April 22, 2020, to help industry understand the various relief subsidy measures. Dedicated personnel have been assigned to provide assistance and guidance to different industry during the application process. The MPB aims to fulfill its goals of providing the public with convenience and assistance.
The MPB has expressed that it will design various pandemic prevention assistance measures in the future through diversified thinking to alleviate the operational pressures felt by maritime industry. For more detailed information on the various operational relief measures and application processes, please visit the MPB website:
https://www.motcmpb.gov.tw/Information?siteId=1&nodeId=10084. If you have any problems regarding related applications, a hotline with dedicated personnel has been set up to provide businesses with real time assistance.
Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division, Section Chief, Jing-wen Tseng
Contact number: 02-89786283, 0987085202