The first seafarer examination in 2021 was conducted at two examination sites, Hwa Hsia University of Technology in Taipei and Cheng Shiu University in Kaohsiung, on March 6th and 7th. A total of 616 candidates registered for the exam. Test categories on the first day of the exam included topics for first class officers and second class engineers, respectively. During the first session, 185 out of 216 registered candidates were present with an attendance rate of 85.65%.
Online video platform YouTube features a channel entitled "LiberTV Helping People Navigate," one of the means through which Hsu Fang-yu shares "life as a seafarer" and "crew information." Hsu, a graduate of the Department of Shipping Technology under the junior college program at National Kaohsiung University of Science and Technology, recalls acquiring an interest in shipping technology after browsing through textbooks owned by her elder brother who was then studying marine engineering. Inspired by those textbooks, she undertook admission exams enrolled in a shipping technology-related program. After graduation, she was successfully recruited by a shipping company. After passing the company’s internship program, she became an officer aboard a container ship. In her capacity as seafarer--the first job she held as a fresh graduate, she became mentally and physically exhausted due to the highly intense work pace and strict hierarchy aboard the ship. For this reason as well as other possible sources of distress, she began rethinking her career as seafarer, and ultimately took a little over a year off to rest and reconsider her prospects.
During her time ashore, Hsu began considering different career options and finding a second calling, including setting up a YouTube channel to share the videos she had produced on life as a seafarer. The task was more difficult than expected and she experienced many setbacks at first. While learning to invest in real estate, she also formed a partnership with friends, but was unfortunately scammed by a veteran investor she trusted in and went into debt. To repay the friends who had invested with her, Hsu returned to her job on the ship, frankly admitting that the job indeed paid well and enabled her to settle her debts. During her year away from the job, however, she was able to acquire a few life skills that changed her perspective of working at sea. This is the same knowledge that has enabled her to maintain her optimism in times of trouble or hardship. With her previously filmed videos going viral on the Internet, she started receiving private messages asking what had inspired her to start making videos. In response, Hsu decided to launch a series of videos on crew life, analyzing the latest news on life at sea as a seafarer and clarifying the public doubts and misconceptions. Hsu, who is eloquent on film, started amassing a fanbase. With an increasing number of people interested in life as a seafarer leaving messages to request more videos on crew work, Hsu is looking for more ways to utilize her video channel for unveiling to the general public other aspects of life at sea. This includes knowledge other than professional expertise as well as her own approaches to adjusting to life on board. Those who are interested can search for and watch "LiberTV Helping People Navigate" on YouTube. We hope that these videos will inspire those with a sense of purpose and mission to join the maritime industry.
The Maritime and Port Bureau stated that exam questions and answers will be published on the website of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications' Seafarer Examination Section (https://sdtportal.mtnet.gov.tw/MPBSDT/Portal/frame.htm) on March 8. If you have any issues arising from the exam questions and answers provided, within 3 days from the day following the date on which the examinations were concluded, that is, before March 10, please log in to the "Seafarer Examination Section" and select "Exam Question Clarification Request" under "Exam Question Clarification Request/Re-examination Application."
Contact person: Lu, Yun-Hsin, Section Chief, Seafarers Administration Division
Contact number: +886-7-2620585