The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) and Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) celebrated the 10th anniversary of their establishment and started a live broadcast on both their Facebook pages at noon today (March 1) for the “10 Years of Maritime Success and International Renown” celebration. They demonstrated the importance of maritime and port businesses to shipping and played the videos entitled “port life animation” and “ten years of maritime and port administration” online. Minister Wang Kwo-Tsai of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications, Chairman Lee Hsien-Yi of TIPC, and Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung of the MPB also gave speeches online to express their wishes and visions for maritime and port business development. Live broadcast viewers were then treated to a 360-degree tour of port administration achievements that was followed by a lucky draw. The celebration will last till March 31 and participants will have more chances to win prizes. All viewers are encouraged to participate in the event.
As maritime and port operations in many countries around the world gradually became separated between the public and private sectors, the MOTC decided on March 1, 2012 to turn its four port authorities (Keelung, Taichung, Kaohsiung and Hualien) into the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) and the Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. (TIPC), in response to such global trend and to enhance their international competitiveness. The MPB was established to be responsible for exercising public authority in maritime and port administration while the TIPC embraces corporate values and focuses on the port’s business operations. Since being established, the MPB has actively participated in the operations of the International Maritime Organization, as well as enforced international conventions by introducing legislation accordingly, thereby making sea travel safer and promoting the development of the cruise and yacht industries; the TIPC has, on the other hand, greatly improved the ports’ operation performance by focusing on developing port clusters.
In his live-broadcast speech, Minister Wang Kwo-Tsai of the MOTC lauded the achievements and hard work of the MPB and the TIPC, particularly during the pandemic when the world recognized Taiwan’s achievements in marine shipping amid the crisis. Wang Kwo-Tsai stated that since the separation of government administration and corporate operations in maritime and port affairs ten years ago, the MPB has actively created a high-quality shipping environment and promoted smart navigation safety plans to enhance shipping safety. TIPC has adopted corporate values and has become committed to improving the efficiency and services of port operations to promote prosperity for port areas and local industries. They have made significant contributions to the development of Taiwan’s shipping industry. Wang Kwo-Tsai also encouraged MPB and TIPC to continue to pursue innovation, smart solutions, and sustainability and work together to create a better environment for the shipping industry in Taiwan.
TIPC Chairman Lee Hsien-Yi emphasized that TIPC is committed to creating high-quality port facilities and business environment in response to international maritime and port development trends, and prioritizes free trade zone investments, development of green ports in Taiwan, and the smart transformation project. The celebration jointly organized with MPB today is intended to communicate the plans for making Taiwan shipping a leader in global industries in the next ten years.
MPB Director-General Yeh Hsieh-Lung also stated in the live broadcast that with the hard work of previous Director-Generals and employees, MPB has achieved great performance in international ratings, including Taiwan’s whitelist status in the “Tokyo MOU” and recognition as a “Qualship 21 Initiative Flag Administration” by the United States. MPB will continue to enhance shipping and port safety and fully optimize passenger and cargo services to accelerate the comprehensive ten-year development plans for blue highways and maritime industry optimization and upgrade plans. MPB will continue to promote the sustainable development of Taiwan’s shipping industry in the framework of the “Golden Triangle in Shipping and Port Operations”.
In the online live-broadcast celebration today, the video of achievements and the lively animation portrayed the close connections between port operations and people’s lives, and showed the results of the ten years of port operations. The event also used VR 360-degree settings for the exhibition of MPB and TIPC achievements currently on display at the Kaohsiung Harbor Museum. Visitors can view the exhibition online as though they were actually in the museum. Simply visit the Facebook pages of the Maritime and Port Bureau, MOTC (https://www.facebook.com/motcmpb.gov.tw/) or Taiwan International Ports Corporation (https://www.facebook.com/twport/) and view the full video and you’ll have the chance to win prizes worth NT$60,000 including iPhone 13 and AirPods. The event ends on March 31. Don’t miss it.
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