March 1, 2023 — Taiwan International Ports Corporation (TIPC) marked its 11th anniversary today (March 1st) with a celebratory gathering and Golden Vessel Awards presentation ceremony at Port of Kaohsiung’s Kaohsiung Harbor Museum. Guests, including Taiwan port industry organization and association officials, shipping industry representatives, and national CIQS and Maritime & Port Bureau (MPB) officials, joined TIPC as it formally crossed the threshold into a second decade at the helm of international commercial port operations in Taiwan. Deputy Minister of Economic Affairs Vincent Wen-sheng Tseng was also in attendance. as in prior years, took the reigns as host of at the anniversary the Golden Vessel Awards ceremony. Awards were presented to this year’s outstanding shipping firms and port businesses by MOTC Deputy Minister Wen-jong Chi, MPB Director General Hsieh-lung Yeh, and TIPC Chairman Hsien-yi Lee. TIPC further celebrated the day by hosting the signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding between Busan Port Authority and TIPC-invested Taiwan Foundation International Pte., Ltd. on future cooperation in Southeast Asia.

Photo above: .MOTC Deputy Minister Wen-jong Chi and guests Join together on the stage to cut the first piece of the birthday cake

TIPC Chairman Lee remarked that with the gradual return to normal in the wake of the pandemic and the continued lifting of pandemic-related restrictions at home and abroad, TIPC’s continued efforts to expand and improve port infrastructures and integrate smart-port innovation into operations are beginning to bear fruit. Furthermore, TIPC is actively working to build sustainability into every aspect of its port business with the goal of maintaining a high-quality, sustainable environment that benefits all stakeholders. The company most recently earned two Taiwan Corporate Sustainability Awards (TCSAs), including a Platinum (transportation sector category) and Circular Economy Leadership Award (non-manufacturing category).

The design of this year’s Golden Vessel Award incorporates a glass sail and image of a burnished silver vessel cutting through oncoming sea waves, symbolizing the recipient’s success in overcoming challenges and commitment to clean, sustainable operations. This year, 38 companies received awards in seven categories, including container wharf operations, cargo wharf operations, stevedoring, shipping agency services, port sustainability, port infrastructure investment, and outstanding contribution.

Awards ceremony attendees were treated to the premier screening of the short video “Taiwan’s Ports – Always Connected to the World” highlighting how TIPC and its business partners successfully overcame the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and played a key role not only in safeguarding the national welfare but also in keeping business strong at Taiwan’s international commercial ports. Looking ahead, TIPC will continue to work closely with its business partners and clients to meet future challenges, strengthen TIPC port group competitiveness, and build a foundation for long-term, sustainable success.