It’s been 3 years since the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) was established on March 1, 2012. In these three years, it has grown from 269 employees transferred from the former Harbor Bureau to 661 employees. It successfully promotes its objectives and cultivates staff expertise to lead shipping industries in facing international challenges and integrating with international trends.
The maritime industry is highly liberalized and global. The organizational reform of the maritime and port administration system and the integration of resources from liners and other private sectors allow port operation to become more flexible and adaptive. Last year, the MPB continuously revised maritime regulations and took over 2,464 boats nationwide from 13 counties and cities. The MPB also established the Network of Customs, Port, Trade, and Industry and held maritime seminars and panels. Meanwhile, the bureau opened lighthouses for public tourism, promoted yachting activities, and facilitated the Maritime Transport Network Portal (MTNet).
In order to provide a quality environment for port development, under the vision of “Quality Maritime Environment Service Provider” the MPB actively participated in global conferences and international maritime affairs, internalized international conventions, and developed sea-air combined transport service and the Western Pacific economic rim to accelerate Free Trade Port transformation and implement diverse operating models. Further, the MPB loosened seafarer qualification requirements and provided career guidance for seafarers, and enhanced vessel inspection to promote maritime safety. The MPB also started planning New MTNet to create space for maritime development.
Looking ahead, the MPB will stick to core competencies such as complete human resources, advancing the development of maritime industries and optimizing maritime and port administrative services. It will seize future opportunities to deploy the blueprint of Taiwan’s national maritime policy and actively carry out national maritime development policies to maintain shipping order and safety, participate in cross-strait maritime negotiation, and strengthen international cooperation to enhance our maritime competitiveness.
The Director General