The Maritime and Port Bureau (MPB) of the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) held the "2017 Promotion and Presentation of Results Meeting for the MPB Service Platform MTNet and Maritime and Port Development Database". The theme was "A New Southbound Shipping Lane for the Century: MPB e-Navigation Shows the Way".
The presentation was attended by 183 representatives from public, private, and academic sectors, including maritime transport companies, associations, the National Development Council of the Executive Yuan, the Customs Administration of the Ministry of Finance, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare (MOHW), the Fisheries Agency of the Council of Agriculture, the National Immigration Agency, the Coast Guard Administration, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, National Taiwan Ocean University (NTOU), the National Kaohsiung Marine University, and others.
MPB Deputy Director General Chen Pin-Chuan indicated that the MPB's Maritime and Port Development Database (MPDD) has a wide range of data applications and outstanding functions, including:
1. Analysis of routes, ships, freight, ports and more between our nation and the New Southbound countries to study shifts in and potential for maritime transport development between our nation and the New Southbound countries.
2. The digital process improves efficiency in the transport companies' declaration process for the number of on-board foreign staff, and eliminates time and labor wasted by telephonic declaration of the number staff in the transport company. The installed seafarer inspection platform facilitates application or renewal for seafarer certificates of competency, reducing the 5-day process to 2 days.
3. The platform allows online CDC inspection applications, so that companies may apply and pay online through MTNet. This eliminates the complications of personally applying at ports, which reduces what once took a full day to only 5 minutes.
Due to the outstanding nature of the results, the MPB has officially begun the installation of the 2nd generation of MTNet. The presentation also introduced the featured services of the new version, including responsive web application, mobile support, blockchain applications, third party single sign-on, zero-drop information exchange, big data, and others. It aims to achieve joint public and private modules, information exchange, accurate monitoring, digital ports, strategy support, and other purposes. The MPB shows the way in e-navigation, connecting the globe as we navigate toward the entire world.
The MPB emphasized that the offshoring of industries and the rise of Southeast Asia in recent years has increased port service competition for Taiwan. The key issue to resolve at the moment is how to break through old barriers while faced with huge competition. The MPB is dedicated to Seeing Our Responsibilities in the Demands of Maritime Transport Companies. The Bureau helps companies resolve issues and build value, and is devoted to the optimization of maritime and port administrative services.
During the presentation, the MPB expressed its gratitude to the staff and agencies who have contributed to the installation of MTNet and the MPDD.
For MTNet, Wan Hai Lines Ltd. Manager Edward Sung offered numerous suggestions for operation of the MTNet system, and helped with instructing Bao Sheng Shipping Agency in system online testing. The customs clearance system of the Customs Administration is connected with MTNet. This allows transport companies to obtain Ship Numbers and Customs Numbers with a single input. MTNet also bundles the CDC inspection form system. This issues the Quarantine Permit and integrates cross-agency operations. Evergreen International Corporation and the R.O.C. Advisory Committee for the Foreign Employment of Seafarers have the largest number of logins and services applied for.
For the MPDD, we thank Professor Younger Wu of the Department of Shipping & Transportation Management of NTOU for the many suggestions that enriched the database. We also congratulate student Yu Ping-Ju for receiving the commemoration award of being the 50,000th visitor since the database was opened to the public.