In order to gain deeper understanding of the onboard radio stations and operations of maritime vessels, with view to relaxing license renewal regulations, NCC acting chairperson, Chen Yaw-Shyang, together with Commissioners, Hung Chen-Ling and Guo Wen-Chung, and Director of the Department of Northern Regional Affairs, Wen Jun-Yu, visited Badouzi, Keelung on December 13, 2019, boarding vessels to inspect onboard radio stations and operations.
Acting Chairperson Chen and his entourage first visited the Coast Patrol Corps 1, Fleet Branch, Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council, and was welcomed and briefed by the Deputy Director of Fleet Branch, Wu Jin-He. His team is responsible for the tasks of protecting fishing rights, survival and rescue, maritime law and order, marine affairs, and marine conservation in the area of Bitou Cape extending westward to the sea area of Fugui Cape. The Commissioners expressed their gratitude and admiration for the Coast Patrol’s hard work and spirit of performing duties despite of risks.
The NCC delegation along with onboard radio station inspection personnel then boarded the coastal patrol ship PP-10063 inspecting whether the installation of various radio station communication equipment meets relevant regulations, and actually sampled the functions of various equipment and tested communications capabilities of the fishery radio station. They then went to the Badouzi Fishing Port to conduct a random inspection of fishing vessels’ onboard radio stations and paid a visit to the Keelung Fishermen’s Association, where discussions were held with with Chairman You Ri-Xing, Director-General Chen Wen-Qin, and Directors and Supervisors of the Fishermen’s Association. Chairman You expressed his gratitude for the head of the competent authority to personally visit to gain understanding of fishermen’s usage of the shipboard radio stations for the first time. During the talks it was suggested by the Fishermen's Association that the competent authorities integrate the vessel-related certificates renewal operations and provide online services to reduce the back and forth of official documents and waiting time, providing fishermen with more peace of mind when fishing.
Acting Chairperson Chen said that in the future, the NCC plans to relax the relevant regulations on onboard radio stations, especially to simplify the shipboard radio station license renewal and inspection operation so that relevant parties can have a smoother more streamline experience with the commission. In addition, the Commission also urged fishermen not to use Beidou satellite terminal equipment nor install mobile phone amplifiers, in order to avoid interference with lawful communications. In order to protect fishermen’s safety at sea, it was recommended that fishermen place Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB) equipment at a prominent position outside the fishing boat cabin, and use reliable-quality products to ensure that the ship's wireless communication equipment can function in emergency situations.
The Acting Chairman of the Commission, Chen Yaw-Shyang (4th from left), Commissioners, Guo Wen-Chung (3rd from left) and Hung Chen-Ling (2nd from left), and others listen to the briefing from the Coast Patrol Corps 1, Fleet Branch, Ocean Affairs Council
Chen Yaw-Shyang (left), Acting Chairman of the Commission, and Wu Jin-He, Deputy Director of Fleet Branch, Coast Guard Administration, Ocean Affairs Council.
NCC entourage with the Coast Guard Administration during the inspection of onboard radio stations, from the right to left: XuGuo-Gen, Deputy Director of the Department of Northern Regional Affairs; Lin Zhi-Hong, member of the Coast Patrol Corps 1; Wen Jun-Yu, Director of the Department of Northern Regional Affairs; Chen Yaw-Shyang, Acting Chairman of the Commission; Wu Jin-He, Deputy Director of Fleet Branch, Coast Guard Administration; Hung Chen-Ling, Commissioner; Guo Wen-Chung, Commissioner; Niu Xin-Ren, Deputy Director of Dept. of Frequency and Resources; Zhou Shi-Shu, Section Chief of the Coast Patrol Corps 1; Zhou Tai-Qi, Executive Officer; and Chen Long-Lin, Director.
Chen Yaw-Shyang (right), boards a vessel and inspects the onboard radio station
The Commissioners of the Commission inspected the Badouzi Fishing Port’s fishing boat review and inspection, from the right: Xu Guo-Gen, Deputy Director of the Department of Northern Regional Affairs; Wen Jun-Yu, Director of the Department of Northern Regional Affairs; Hung Chen-Ling, Commissioner; Chen Yaw-Shyang, Acting Chairman of the Commission; Chen Wen-Qin, Director-General of the Keelung District Fishermen’s Association; Guo Wen-Chung, Commissioner; and Jian Feng-Jian, Director of the Keelung District Fishermen’s Association.
The Commission visited the Keelung District Fishermen’s Association and held discussions and exchanged business with Chairman You Ri-Xing (second from left), Director-General Chen Wen-Qin (first from left), and Directors and Supervisors of the Fishermen’s Association.