Executive Yuan Approves Adjustments to Port of Hualien Boundary with Implementation Expected Soon

It has been over 36 years since the boundary line of the Port of Hualien was set by the the Executive Yuan on August 11th, 1982. Looking to bring today’s port in line with current and future business activities, meet the needs of port clients, and better rationalize the physical interface between the port and Hualien City / County, as well as working to further increase port operational effectiveness and to better streamline overall port planning work and prepare for future needs and opportunities, the Port of Hualien, TIPC began discussions on adjusting the port’s physical boundaries in March 2017. After two years of work and many interagency meetings, the finalized version of the Adjustments to the Boundary of the Port of Hualien document has been submitted to the Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) with a request for Executive Yuan approval (see attached chart).

The Port of Hualien, TIPC announced that the Executive Yuan had formally approved the Adjustments to the Boundary of the Port of Hualien in full and will announce its implementation in the near future. After implementing the adjustments, the seawall sections at Beibin, Nanbin, and Huaren will fall outside of the port’s administrative jurisdiction, allowing adjacent coastal waters to be developed by the county government for water recreation, fry fishing, and other purposes. All told, the adjustments will reduce the water and land areas administered by the Port of Hualien by 252.6 ha (from 1,470.8 ha to 1,218.2 ha), with a reduction of 251.7 ha of water area (from 1,300 ha to 1,048.3 ha) and a reduction of 0.9 ha of land area (from 170.8 ha to 169.9 ha). Details of these changes are given below:

1) Offshore Waters: The Port of Hualien retains control over water areas that are critical to port operations, including port navigation waterways, the anchorage area to the south of the port, and pilot station areas. In the southwest corner of the port, sections of breakwater that are managed by the MOEA’s Water Resources Agency as well as the Meilun River estuary south of port anchorage waters have been redrawn outside of port administration.

2) Land Area: The land boundary largely follows originally set boundary lines, with all areas separately managed by the Maritime and Port Bureau and TIPC retained under Port of Hualien administration. Land not directly used by the port as well as land occupied by fishing harbor facilities (including green spaces, parking lots, and fishing piers) have been redrawn outside of port administration in order to more clearly distinguish and demarcate the lines of port authority and management responsibility.