Ports of Kaohsiung and Busan establish sister port deal

Ports of Kaohsiung and Busan establish historic sister port deal

The Ports of Kaohsiung and Busan have had an official sister port signing ceremony at the Busan Port Authority (BPA) headquarters.

Taiwan International Ports Cooperation (TIPC) Vice President and Port of Kaohsiung CEO Chin-jung Wang and Busan Port Authority (BPA) Vice President Ja-Rim Koo signed the sister port agreement.

TIPC Chairman Lee stated that the new sister port connection between Kaohsiung and Busan represents a new milestone in bilateral friendship. Looking ahead, he expressed his hope that continuous exchanges and collaboration between the two ports will foster mutual growth and prosperity.

Currently, the Port of Kaohsiung has sister port ties with 17 ports in 12 countries – including the US, the UK, France, Spain, Italy, Belgium, Canada, Germany, the UAE, Russia, China, and Poland.

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TIPC reportedly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Busan International Cruise Institute (BICI) and BPA in 2018 and 2019, committing the signatories to share cruise-industry-related experience, strategies, resources, and customers, and creating a solid foundation for the development of a trans-Asia cruise travel sector.

Notably, TIPC’s port-fee reduction incentives introduced this year have effectively drawn foreign cruise line business to Taiwan’s ports.

In March 2023, a containership carrying 6,763 TEU damaged the quayside of the Port of Kaohsiung.

Two months later, the Port of Kaohsiung 7th Container Terminal in Vietnam officially began operations.

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