The Taiwan-Canada Maritime System Technological Cooperation MOU was signed between Taiwan and the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei, so that Canada's experience in maritime technology and influence on the International Maritime Organization (IMO) can be leveraged to upgrade Taiwan's maritime technologies, as well as establish a management system that meets international requirements. Canada commissioned the Canadian Office of Maritime Technologies (COMART) to assist Taiwan with related maritime training affairs based on the MOU.
The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications took over the execution of the Taiwan-Canada Maritime System Technological Cooperation MOU after it was established in 2012. Canadian experts propose annual work plans based on maritime training requirements of the MPB, and deliver training courses according to the schedule of the work plan.
The 2017 work plan includes search and rescue/maritime salvage training, maritime investigation training, and senior Port State Control (PSC) inspector training. The search and rescue/maritime salvage training was completed from June 12th to 16th, the maritime investigation training will be held in the North Taiwan Maritime Affairs Center from July 31st to August 4th, and the senior PSC inspector training, which includes lectures and practical training on ships, will be held over two periods in the North Taiwan Maritime Affairs Center from August 7th to 11th and August 14th to 18th, respectively.
The MPB has achieved outstanding results from executing the Taiwan-Canada Maritime System Technological Cooperation MOU over the years, and has provided training to PSC inspectors 200 person-times and maritime investigators 99 person-times, making it a cradle for the development, cultivation, and training of international maritime professionals for Taiwan. In addition to providing the IMO with the latest information and data on developments, as well as updating the inspection and investigation knowledge of PSC inspectors and maritime investigators, the MPB executes key inspection items at the same pace as PSC signatories, which greatly benefit the upgrade of maritime management and investigation standards in Taiwan.