For the sake of protecting the safety of cruising ships and to prevent against polluting the ocean, the Maritime and Port Bureau organizes the joint concentrated inspection campaign (CIC) with Tokyo MOU. Between September 1 and November 30, 2019, the concentrated inspection of this year is the port state control inspection over the ship emergency system and standard operating procedure for foreign ships that access our international ports. It is expected that a total of 201 foreign ships will be inspected during this period.
Head of the Bureau, Guo Tian-Gui indicates that it is defined in the Paris MOU and the Tokyo MOU that the annual concentrated inspection campaign will take place at the international commercial port of their member states between September 1 and November 30, 2019. The concentrated inspection this year is the “ship emergency response system and standard operating procedure.” Such inspection aims to remind the ship operating company and owner of taking necessary measures to demand that staff onboard effectively manage and be familiar with the ship emergency response system and standard operating procedure in order to ensure cruising safety, protect people’s lives, and protect the marine environment while the ship is out in the open ocean.
The Bureau clarifies by saying that waiting for rescue from shore does not help at all in cases of accidents such as fires, mechanical failures, or unexpected disasters while a ship cruises in the open ocean. This is why the emergency response system integral of the ship and the familiarity with the standard operating procedure are crucial. In order to enhance safety while a ship cruises, this year’s international concentrated inspection campaign will cover the crew’s awareness of related safety issues and how familiar they are with the emergency safety system and procedure in order to effectively prevent against accidents in the open ocean.
Taiwan is located in the center of the island arcs to the west of the Pacific Ocean and borders the Pacific Ocean on the east. It faces the Mainland China across the Taiwan Strait, adjoins Japan and Korean Peninsula in the north, and has the South China Sea in the south. It is in a busy traffic area. In order to protect the cruising safety of ships and to avoid polluting the marine environment, the Maritime and Port Bureau, concurrently with the international organizations, performs the port state control inspection over the ship emergency response system and standard operating procedure. Meanwhile, for enhanced cruising safety of national ships and to protect them against deficiencies found during control inspection at a foreign port, the Maritime and Port Bureau, together with the CR Classification Society (CR), plans to hold communication workshops on September 18 in Kaohsiung and September 19 in Taipei. For details, visit the official website of the CR.
Contact: Vessel Management Division Section Chief Lin Guan-Hong
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