James Fisher Marine Services (JFMS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the harbour port management company, Taiwan International Ports Corporation Ltd (TIPC), to explore port services in Taiwan. TIPC is in charge of seven major international commercial ports in the country including Taichung Port, which is the second largest in Taiwan. The collaboration aims to explore ways to broaden TIPC’s services and better meet the needs of Taiwans emerging offshore wind industry. President Chung Ying Feng, Taichung Port of TIPC, said: “Based on the experience of established offshore wind markets in Europe and the US, we believe port services are an important base and gateway for its development. TIPC hopes to benefit from JFMS’s forward-looking approach to service integration and its proven expertise in the offshore wind industry to help us service this rapidly-growing market in Taiwan.” TIPC has been actively involved in the planning and layout of the offshore wind industry for the last few years, in line with the governments green energy policy, and expects to complete Taichung Port’s first dedicated heavy-duty wharf for offshore wind turbine assembly by the middle of this year. The company is now evaluating the provision of wind turbine logistics and value-added services, such as operation and maintenance, and hopes to set the benchmark in East Asia for providing multi-functional port support services for the offshore wind industry. Representatives from JFMS and TIPC signed the MoU during a formal ceremony held at the Offshore Wind Power Port Workshop, which was organised by the British Office Taipei. Richard Beattie, regional director of JFMS Taiwan, said: “James Fisher continues to expand internationally and is ideally placed to support the requirements of global offshore wind farm owner/operators due to its experience in deploying UK skills and expertise to emerging and fast-growing markets worldwide. We believe this partnership will provide TIPC with the platform to be the pioneers in providing port services for Taiwans offshore wind power industry. Our proven experience in planning, designing, operating port management and ship refuelling services will help upgrade its integrated port services offer.” JFMS, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, recently announced that it has set up an office in Taipei, Taiwan, offering UK skills and its integrated services to support the country’s transition to renewable energy with offshore wind. JFMS, part of James Fisher and Sons plc, has delivered marine solutions to UK wind farms including East Anglia ONE, London Array and Galloper – where it was appointed as the principal offshore services contractor (OSC), in a contract worth £25m, to deliver a range of marine services over a two-year period during construction. Taiwan holds strong potential for renewable energies with its positive Government outlook. After deciding to phase out nuclear power by 2025 – with nuclear energy accounting for some 40% of power generation in the past – the Taiwanese Government aims to make up for the resulting shortfall by expanding renewable energies and most of all offshore wind power. The Government aims to install 5.5GW of offshore wind power by 2025. For more information on the Taiwanese offshore wind market click here.