On June 27, 2022, the Executive Yuan approved the “Overall Development Plan for Yacht Basin Areas” submitted by the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC). Minister of Transportation and Communications Wang Kwo-Tsai has convened a meeting this morning (28th) with the Department of Navigation and Aviation, Department of Railways and Highways, Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB), Tourism Bureau, and Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd. (TIPC), among other units, to listen to the overall promotion of this plan reported by the MPB. In addition, Administrative Deputy Minister Chi Wen-Jong of the MOTC also joined the meeting. Minister Wang explained that the set up and overall design of this plan will be conducted through one single coordination unit, the MPB. This is a change from the past when relevant units would each establish their own plans for the yacht basin areas, resulting in inconsistent planning. Through a systematic inventory to get hold of the market supply and demand, the MPB will increase the yacht basin areas at suitable locations of commercial or fishing ports, or improve existing berthing facilities, and interconnect these areas with surrounding tourism resources. This will help boost the popularity of domestic yacht activities, encouraging locals to get closer to the ocean. This is a new beginning for the development of Taiwan’s yacht industry as well as an important milestone. The minister stated that the MPB should accelerate the implementation and promotion of this plan, especially for idle ports with yacht usage demands, or existing yacht berthing facilities that need to be improved. These shall be listed as priorities of the plan, in order to enhance the development of yacht activities.
The MPB pointed out that the total budget for the plan is NT$551 million, which consists of NT$327 million from the central government’s general budget and NT$224 million from local governments. Furthermore, the TIPC is promoting the construction and operations of the yacht basin areas at commercial ports through private investment, which is expected to attract an estimated NT$2.641 billion. The implementation period is between 2021 to 2025. The “construction after planning” model will be adopted subsequently. Professional guidance and support will be provided to local governments based on the “total lifecycle” concept from planning, construction, and operations to maintenance management through subsidizing the overall regional planning for 12 counties and cities and the feasibility study for increasing the yacht basin areas, followed by actual engineering construction. Furthermore, a guidance group has been established and formed by the MPB, the Ocean Affairs Council, the Fisheries Agency, and the Tourism Bureau, among other relevant authorities, professionals, and academics. The yacht basin areas are anticipated to increase nationwide from the current 18 to 24 areas by 2025, and the number of berths will increase from the current 1,138 to over 1,600 spaces. This will provide actual benefits to the nationwide yacht berth supply and enhance the quality of yacht services.
Additionally, the MPB will provide more comprehensive and convenient information services for yacht users. Starting from April 7th this year, the all-in-one yacht activity information platform—Yacht in Taiwan website—will be launched. The website will provide yacht enthusiasts one-stop services, including information on the entry and exit of ports, berthing, supplies, repairs, water culture and climate, leisure and tourism, emergency response, medical assistance, etc., from the perspectives of yacht users’ demands, integrating sea and land tourism information. Currently, the number of registered members has reached 389 people. The MPB will continue to collect users’ opinions in the future to refine the yacht website platform functions, enabling more members of the public to access the yacht activity information conveniently, closing the distance between the public and yacht activities.