Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held the 2018 National Seminar on Maritime and Port Business today (11/6) in the Dunnan Building lecture hall and specially invited Professor Younger Wu of the National Taiwan Ocean University to speak about the impact of the China-US trade war on Taiwan’s maritime and port development. Nearly 150 representatives from relevant shipping industries were present for the lively scene and fruitful results.
Moreover, MPB Director-General David Hsieh presented the Port Facility Security Excellence, Vessel Carriers and Shipping Agency Employment of Crews of Taiwan Nationality, and Excellent Operation and Service of Passenger Ships and Boats awards during the seminar. A total of 30 award-winning operators took the stage to accept the praise, and Director-General Hsieh took the opportunity to commend and thank these award-winning operators for their efforts to improve the quality of their operations and services, and contribution to the optimization of our maritime and port services.
The MPB indicated that, ocean shipping is a highly international industry, and the ongoing China-US trade war creates many variables and uncertainties in the global shipping industry. This year’s (2018) seminar invited Professor Younger Wu of the National Taiwan Ocean University to speak about the impact of the China-US trade war on Taiwan’s maritime and port development. From a global and regional economic and trade development perspective, Professor Wu explained that the China-US trade war offers no benefits to the overall world trade but has a different impact on the regional nature of Taiwan's economy. In examining the development of Taiwan's maritime and port industry, it is expected that under the short-term transfer and long-term external shift of Southeast Asian cargo, the volume of re-exports from Kaohsiung Port will increase. It is expected that government departments will cooperate with the industry in a timely manner, and through the exchange of practical experience with the industry, inspire and optimize the competitiveness of industrial development.
This seminar invited associations from industries such as maritime transport, shipping agencies, ocean freight forwarding, container terminal operation, harbor cargo and harbor cargo forwarding. In addition, guests from the Chinese Marine Pilots' Association, National Chinese Seamen's Union, National Taiwan Ocean University, Taipei University of Marine Technology, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. were also in attendance. During the seminar, the MPB exchanged views with relevant industry representatives on the implementation of the new regulation on the 0.5% sulfur emission ceiling for the 2019 Taiwan international commercial ports, the supporting measures for moving Keelung's container ports to the west, and the crew welfare facilities to together create a good operating environment for maritime transport.
Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division, Section Chief Yan-Chu Wang
Contact Number: 02-89786295, 0928-850-068