Apr 24, 2015

Naha port seals MOU with Taiwanese port operator


Takeshi Onaga, governor (right), and Zhang Zi-qing, chairman of TIPC

The Naha Port Authority and the Taiwan International Ports Corp. (TIPC), which manages/operates the major ports in Taiwan, entered into a "memorandum of understanding (MOU) on partnership ports" last April 21. Takeshi Onaga, governor of Okinawa Pref. and administrator of the Naha Port Authority, signed the MOU with and Zhang Zi-qing, chairman of TIPC, on the said date in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. With this MOU, the two companies will team up in various fields such as logistics and cruise industry in a bid to boost exchange between Japan and Taiwan.

The MOU pertaining to partnership ports marks the first of its kind for Naha port, as well as the first partnership with a Japanese port for TIPC. Aside from the regular calls of Japan-bound cruise ships at Taiwan's Keelung, Okinawa's Ryukyu Shipping also launched its own liner service using the RORO ship Miyarabi II between Taiwan and Hakata, Naha, Ishigaki and Miyako in June last year.

Now through the MOU, the two ports intend to engage in activities aimed at enhancing logistics services, reinforcing/sharing information exchange related to shipping, and promoting interchange and partnership with local industries.

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