Marine industry in Taiwan is mainly concentrated in shipping and port services. The services are deprived from the demand for cargo shipping and port operation. However, facing more intense competition in the global market, strengthening the marine professional service can support the port-and-shipping sector. For this reason, the "maritime professional business services (MPBS)" came into being, aiming to break through the traditional dilemma and enhance the competitiveness of the industry. Strengthening the service chain in the shipping industry and developing the highend shipping service industry with high value-added can boost the development potential and influence of Taiwan's overall shipping industry.
Based on the literature discussion and the suggestions of experts and scholars, the MPBS is defined as: “applying the nine shipping industries such as Shipbroking, Maritime insurance, Maritime law, Ship finance, Classification, Ship management, Accounting, Consulting, and Education, which contains the characteristics of high-tech and knowledgeintensive, at the core of the industry chain, and high gross value added (GVA)." The project also focuses on the application and innovation of emerging technologies in high-end shipping service industry.
This project collects public and private sectors’ qualitative data on the development of the "9+1" MPBS through literature review, questionnaire surveys, and symposium. The conclusion is that the “4+1” MPBS that currently has potential for development is marine insurance, maritime law, education, ship management and emerging technologies. The recommendations are as follows: in the marine insurance aspect, the state should establish an independent P&I Club under policy guidance; in the maritime law aspect, the state should formulate maritime law development strategies
such as the mechanism of incorporation into domestic law, high-level judicial systems, and assistance in civil participating in CMI; in the education aspect, the state should support maritime education schools and colleges, hiring non-doctoral or master level professionals, and actively developing offshore wind power to train related talents; in the ship management aspect, the state should simplify and relax restrictions on crew members of various nationalities, strengthen maritime training programs, and encourage the establishment of subsidiaries; in the emerging technologies
aspect, the public and private sectors should make good use of technological soft power, improve laws and regulations related to emerging technologies, and strengthen the application of emerging technologies to maritime education and teacher training.