The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications announced today (12) that the bureau has formulated guidelines for operational subsidies and epidemic prevention supplies in accordance with the “Ministry of Transportation and Communications’ Stimulus Package for Industries Severely Affected by Operational Difficulties Caused by Special Infectious Pneumonia”, approved by the Executive Yuan on the same day, to decrease the impact of the novel coronavirus on maritime companies. The stimulus package targets operational difficulties and important epidemic prevention operations. It subsidizes the purchase of epidemic prevention supplies and basic operating costs for affected businesses and applications will be accepted starting today. The stimulus package aims to prevent the spread of the virus and reduce the operational burden for maritime companies.
The MPB has stated, due to epidemic prevention, the government has announced the suspension of Mini Three Links and direct passenger services between Taiwan and China, starting from February 10, 2020. The government has asked maritime companies to increase their epidemic prevention measures, which has increased operating costs for the companies. To avoid permanent impacts on the maritime industries, the MPB formulated the “Subsidy Guidelines for Mini Three Links Passenger and Freight Service and Taiwan to China Passenger Service and Domestic Passenger and Freight Fixed Route Companies Severely Affected by Operational Difficulties Caused by Special Infectious Pneumonia” and the “Subsidy Guidelines for Ship Transportation and Container Terminal Operation Companies Severely Affected by Operational Difficulties Caused by Special Infectious Pneumonia”. The subsidy is for companies operating fixed shipping and passenger routes between Taiwan and China to pay docking fees, seafarer salaries, and other fees and for companies operating Mini Three Links shipping and domestic fixed shipping and passenger routes to pay terminal rent, ship maintenance, and other operating costs. Other purposes of the subsidies are strengthening epidemic prevention capabilities of shipping companies and container terminal operators and maintaining the safety of seafarers and related industry personnel. For the companies, costs of forehead thermometers, masks, alcohol, and disinfection fees will also be subsidized.
The MPB emphasized that maritime shipping is the backbone of Taiwan’s economy. Each stimulus package is expected to have major alleviating effects on the impact the epidemic has had on maritime companies. With the cushioned impact, the industry will be able to recover rapidly. The MPB will continue to closely monitor industry needs and actively assist related companies with the application process. For detailed information and the application process, please visit the bureau’s website: https://www.motcmpb.gov.tw/Information?siteId=1&nodeId=10084.
Contact person: Maritime Affairs Division, Section Chief Jing-wen Tseng
Contact number: 02-89786283, 0987085202