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MALAYSIA’S PARTICIPATION IN TAIWAN’S GREEN PORT & PORT SAFETY FORUM

Cdr Ang Chin Hup ( R )
Researcher at the
Centre for Maritime Economics & Industries

On the 27th – 29th June 2017, port officials from Malaysia participated in the Green Port and Port Safety Forum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The forum was hosted by the Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) to share experiences, insights, and ideas among port organisations in the region. It was attended by administrators, operators, and other stakeholders of ports in Taiwan and Asia Pacific region.

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Opening Ceremony of Taiwan’s Green Port & Port Safety Forum

 

Malaysia’s delegation was headed by YBhg. Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha, Chairman of the Port Klang Authority. Speakers from Europe, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, and Taiwan presented and discussed green ports issues related to port environmental certification, energy/carbon reduction measures, dangerous goods management, natural disaster response, and pollution prevention.

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YBhg. Tan Sri Kong Cho Ha with speakers, Cdr. Ang Chin Hup (R) of MIMA and Ms. Ng Kiat Min of Sabah Port.

 

Speaker from Malaysia were Cdr Ang Chin Hup (R) of MIMA and Ms Ng Kiat Min of Sabah Port Sdn Bhd. Cdr Ang presented a paper titled Green Port Initiatives In Malaysia and participated in a panel discussion on Recent Green Port Trends – Including Carbon Reduction Inventory & Biological Diversity. Among the green port initiatives highlighted were the ballast water management, study of fuel quality of ships in ports, and energy saving and environmental measures. Ms Ng presented on recent port development in Sabah and participated in a panel discussion on New Opportunities for Port Sustainability – From the Perspectives of Resource Sharing, Old Port Area Redevelopment, and Corporate Social Responsibility.

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Cdr Ang Chin Hup (R) giving talk on “Green Port Initiatives in Malaysia”

 

The presentations by the Malaysian representatives attracted much interest among the attendees on the topics and business opportunities in the country. Taiwanese businessmen looking to invest in Southeast Asia in particular Malaysia were encouraged by their government’s new ‘Go South’ policy.

Malaysia’s delegation also gained much knowledge from ports operations in Taiwan especially in their smart and green port initiatives. It is interesting to note that unlike Malaysia’s green port certification by the APEC Port Services Network (APSN), the Port of Kaohsiung is certified by the ECO Sustainable Logistics Chain Foundation which is supported by the European Seaports Organisation (ESPO) and the American Association of American Port Authorities (AAPA). MIMA would like to thank the TIPC for the opportunity to share experiences with other port organisations in the region. 

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