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Magistrate Chen: The Central Government Should Increase Port Inspection Personnel and Resources

Magistrate Chen: The Central Government Should Increase Port Inspection Personnel and Resources
2016/03/15
Reporter: Li Tseng-Wang / Kinmen County Government

Kinmen Port Inspection and Coordination Center convened its 2015 first quarter work review meeting yesterday. Magistrate Chen Fu-Hai stressed that Shuitou Port is a National Gateway for the mini three links, and CIQS related departments must think outside the box and request manpower or resources that are necessary for operations from the central government, so that the mini three links may continue to develop.
The review meeting was held in conference room one of the county government at 10:00 A.M. yesterday, and was hosted by Magistrate Chen. Attendees included Director General Li Tseng-Tsai of the Tourism Department, Director Chang Jui-Hsin of the Harbor Office, Director Sun Kuo-Chih of the Kinmen Office of Legislator Yang Chen-Wu, and representatives of CIQS related departments.
Magistrate Chen indicated that the mini three links are currently operating smoothly, Kinmen will play a key role in cross-Strait affairs as there will be a new government, Shuitou Port is a National Gateway for the mini three links, and CIQS related departments must think outside the box and request manpower or resources that are necessary for operations from the central government, so that the mini three links may continue to develop. When any issues are encountered or involve legislation, they can coordinate with Kinmen’s legislator to work towards a solution.
Magistrate Chen pointed out that the plan for a new Customs Office was restarted and the design was modified to use functional steel structure, requirements of CIQS related departments remained unchanged, and the Harbor Office should be directly notified of any details that require adjustment. The new Customs Office for the mini three links is expected to be completed by the end of 2018.
Magistrate Chen indicated that Kinmen must be prepared at this moment for the forming of Kinmen-Xiamen living circle and travel circle, and related departments must have the concept of five-year developments when viewing the development of Kinmen’s port.
Implementation issues with the new foggy day mechanism, operating regulations of the port inspection center, implementation of the overtime verification mechanism, and coordination of major and minor S were discussed during the meeting.
Magistrate Chen demanded a complete report from the Harbor Office on the recent incident of a ship carrying passengers from Shuitou Port to Wutung Port being forced to turn back due to weather issues. He believed that cross-Strait exchanges must be based on the principle of mutually beneficial and such incidents will not be tolerated.
In light of the insufficient manpower of port police, Magistrate Chen hoped that the competent authority will provide related statistics and ask Kinmen’s legislator to provide assistance. With regard to safety issues with escorting prisoners, Sun Kuo-Chih suggested coordinating with Kinmen District Prosecutors Office in response.
Magistrate Chen instructed the Tourism Department to consider support measures for voyages of the mini three links during off-peak times, using convenient customs clearance and lower ticket prices to attract travelers. The docking of motor boats has become a major issue in Kinmen and Magistrate Chen hopes that the Harbor Office will find a solution.
The Harbor Office pointed out that the “Kinmen County Harbor Office Mechanism for Restoring Ferry Services of the Mini Three Links after Suspension due to Weather” was established on March 19th, 2013 and revised four times. The most recent revision was on January 18th, 2016 and revised preliminary operations for suspending ferry services. If ferry services are suspended for an entire day, the first two ferries departing from Kinmen after the suspension ends will be reserved, Wujiang will be the first to carry out operations and pre-sale tickets for the first ferry (08:00) and clear customs in advance; for the second ferry (09:00), after seats on the first ferry are sold out, tickets for reserved ferries can be transferred to subsequent ferries after they restart operations, but the decision must be made at the latest after the text message for restoring ferry services is sent and notified to related departments (Harbor Office Shuitou Office, Wujiang, Border Affairs Corps); if suspension begins in the middle of ferry services, Wujiang will first carry out operations for pre-sale of the first ferry (regardless of whether it is in Xiamen or Kinmen, but must already be in the port) after ferry services are suspended, and carry out customs clearance in advance (the first two ferries after ferry services are restored are reserved ferries).
The Harbor Office pointed out that the mechanism for additional ferries was verified in the “Early 2016 Work Meeting” on January 28th, 2016. At present, the additional ferry mechanism is implemented by the Harbor Office and Kinmen Office of the Central Maritime Affairs Center of the Maritime and Port Bureau, as well as ferry companies. The Xiamen side is also contacted. Due to different situations of the two sides, additional ferries on the Xiamen side are in the morning while additional ferries departing from Kinmen are in the afternoon. According to the resolutions of the Kinmen-Xiamen ferry route meeting on December 29th and 30th, 2015 and the visit by Kinmen County Government to Xiamen on January 25th and 26th, 2016, if additional ferries are needed based on actual requirements, the Xiamen side will contact the Kinmen Office of the Central Maritime Affairs Center or Harbor Office, which will carry out final confirmation after being notified, and then the Harbor Office will carry out subsequent operations, requesting CIQS related departments to be prepared.
According to the conclusion of the ferry route meeting on December 29th and 30th, 2015, additional ferries are jointly approved by the Harbor Office and Kinmen Office of the Central Maritime Affairs Center, and hoped that both parties will be present to rapidly handle matters once a decision is made. The Kinmen Office of the Central Maritime Affairs Center indicated that it has difficulty with the operation of the additional ferry mechanism in that it lacks a hotline (dedicated number) for communicating with the Xiamen side, and suggested that communication between the two sides still be conducted through the dedicated number of the Harbor Office, while accompanied by personnel of the Kinmen Office so that any emergencies can be immediately handled. The Kinmen Office indicated that it will fully cooperate with the confirmation and handling of additional ferries. The meeting concluded: additional ferries will be handled by the Kinmen side on site and hoped that the mechanism for additional ferries will operate more smoothly, while thanking the Kinmen Office of the Central Maritime Affairs Center for its cooperation.
With regard to coordination between major and minor S, the Harbor Office pointed out that based on the division of authority and responsibility of international ports of the National Police Agency, international ports are divided into major and minor S areas; Major S area: it was confirmed that harbor police will be responsible for maintaining public security and handling violations of commercial port law in the port area; Minor S area of Shuitou Port: the Coast Guard Administration is responsible according to Article 20 of the Enforcement Rules of the National Security Act, however, the administration believes that it is only responsible for safety inspections and not the control of personnel or vehicles.
The Harbor Office pointed out that it has sent notices to the National Security Bureau, Ministry of Transportation and Communications, National Police Agency, and Coast Guard Administration to clarify authority and responsibilities for the sake of national security and prevent any security loopholes in the restricted area of Shuitou Port’s Passenger Service Center (Minor S).

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  • Date:2016-12-08