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Taiwan Considers Making Local Vessels Mandatory For Some Offshore Wind Farm Construction

Two Taiwan government agencies are considering making the use of Republic of China (“ROC”) flag vessels mandatory for certain offshore wind farm construction activities. The Bureau of Energy (“BOE”) in Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs is expected to convene a meeting of developers, contractors and vessel operators later this month to solicit information on the vessel specifications required for OWF construction and the availability of qualified ROC flag vessels. At the same time, the Maritime Port Bureau (“MPB”) in the Ministry of Transportation and Communications is also considering restrictions on the use of non-ROC flag vessels for OWF construction, as well as a possible liberalization of the requirements for a vessel to fly the ROC flag.

 

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