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Updated August 15, 2020

Since the Law of Ships was promulgated on December 4, 1930, and implemented on July 1 the following year, it has been amended eight times to date, with the latest amendment made on November 28, 2018.

While the Taiwanese government seeks to move the domestic power sector toward sustainable energy systems and increase the share of renewables in the power mix, the Law of Ships falls short of regulating the safety management of marine operations for vessels used in the construction of offshore wind turbines when it comes to offshore wind power development.

To ensure the safety of vessels and workers and prevent ocean pollution, improve the operations and safety of offshore wind farm support vessels, increase job opportunities for Taiwanese sailors, and facilitate the entry of domestic developers into the wind power industry, the Ministry of Transportation and Communications drafted amendments with regard to some articles of the Law.

Source:Taiwan Ministry of Transportation to amend "The Law of Ships" in response to offshore wind industry