Lin Chia-Lung, Minister of Transportation and Communications (MOTC), attended the inspection visits of the Legislative Yuan Transportation Committee today (11/13). Accompanied by committee member Chen Ou-Po, Lin Chia-Lung discussed the revitalization of Su’ao Port and the overall development plan of Nanfang’ao Fishing Port with locals such as Lin Zi-Miao, County Magistrate of Yilan County Government, Li Ming-Che, Town Mayor of Su’ao Township Office, and representatives from the Su’ao Shopping District and the Su’ao Fishermen's Association, requiring that, during the reconstruction of the Nanfang'ao Bridge, the central government should continue to collaborate with local governments to combine the local fishery and tourism industries to jointly create new opportunities in Nanfang’ao.
Lin Chia-Lung said that when the bridge collapse incident happened on October 1, the MOTC immediately urged the International Ports Corporation to work with the Directorate General of Highways and contractors to restore the operation of the port area to normal as soon as possible, while also making sure that safety was ensured. Lin Chia-Lung also thanked all the government departments and regions for their full assistance, and the entire demolition work of the Nanfang’ao Bridge came to a smooth end on November 5. Furthermore, the MOTC has also started the next phase, construction of the new bridge and revitalizing Nanfang’ao, in order to turn this crisis into an opportunity.
Lin Chia-Lung also noted that Nanfang’ao Port is a rustic fishing port and often attracts a large number of visitors that come to buy fresh fishery produce; thus, there have been complaints from locals that there is insufficient parking and the shopping district gets really crowded with people and cars during holidays. Therefore, the Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the MOTC has been specifically requested to solve the local transportation problem while rethinking the revitalization of the Su’ao Port and Nanfang’ao Port, in order to reshape the fishing port into one that tourists can easily visit.
MPB Director-General Kuo Tien-Kuei stated that the development of the Su’ao Port and Nanfang’ao Port will be conducted based on the three major pillars of "hospitality", "cultural tourism base" and "fishing port style". The renovation and opening of the land behind Pier 12 of Su’ao Port to turn it into visitor parking space is expected to be completed within one month, and a new parking lot and shuttle station on the 1.9 hectares of land next to Yishan Road should be completed within six months. Moreover, for consecutive holidays or important events, Su’ao Port Piers 10 and 11 will also be open for parking applications to increase the number of parking options on the grounds. The MPB will also promote green traffic and pilot traffic control plans with the Yilan County Government. During general holidays, tourists will be restricted to enter and leave the Nanfang'ao shopping district in one direction only. For consecutive holidays or important festivals, the hope is to directly apply traffic controls to the area outside the shopping district and use multi-stop shuttle buses to transport visitors to famous attractions in Nanfang’ao, and relieve the long-term traffic congestion in the shopping district. In addition, Taiwan International Ports Corporation will also target Su’ao Port Piers 10 to 13 to introduce cultural and creative industries by integrating the spirit of transforming local culture, and make the port space into a holiday art and cultural plaza, thus connecting the Su’ao Port area to the tourism routes of Nanfang’ao. In response to the local demand for the construction of a modern wave-cut platform and fishery inspection terminal at the Su’ao Port Pier 13, the MOTC has also requested Taiwan International Ports Corporation to assist in the completion of the construction to strengthen the fishing inspection capabilities of the Su’ao security checkpoint.
Contact person: Port Affairs Division Section Chief Tseng Yi-Che
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