Port of Hualien and Hualien County Government Working Cooperate to Site New National Marine Resources Eco-Museum at the Port to Stimulate Port Tourism Growth
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Port of Hualien,Taiwan International Ports Corporation, Ltd.
Port of Hualien, TIPC is continuing to work with Hualien City on securing approval for the zoning changes necessary to proceed with tourism and recreational developments at the port in accordance with the national “Overall Planning for Future Development and Construction at Taiwan’s International Commercial Ports” document, secure the funding necessary to complete related planning work, which encompasses lots 13~16, and commence first-phase project construction work in 2022. The port, together with Hualien County and the Maritime and Port Bureau, have targeted a section of the port’s east industrial district as the potential site for the proposed new National Marine Resources Eco-Museum, in line with the condition that the necessary land be provided at no cost. Port lots 13~16 (approx. 5 ha) and the northern section of the port’s east industrial district (approx. 19 ha) have been designated for developing the museum complex, which, together with nearby attractions such as Qilaibi Lighthouse, Four-Eight Highland, and Hualien Fishing Harbor, promises to become a new spotlight destination for East Coast tourism.
To prepare the groundwork for creating a tourism corridor linking Wutashi Park, Qilaibi Cape, and Qixingtan, Port of Hualien will demolish and remove by the end of 2021 a 558m conveyor ship-loading system once used by Taiwan Cement. Removal of this disused facility will make the area safer and significantly more scenic for visitors.
In order to develop Hualien Port Wharf Nos. 13~16 and adjacent land as a future cultural-creative marketplace and base for island-hopping adventure cruises, initial overall planning work covering the approximately 5-hectare zone was completed this year (2021). NT$30 million has been budgeted for 2022 to restore and retrofit Warehouse 14 as the area’s new 500m2 inter-island passenger-processing facility, with work expected to be completed by the end of June 2022. Furthermore, funds have been secured from the 2023 Commercial Port Development Fund to build a new north-south access road that is expected to attract retailers to invest in the zone and improve traffic flows to and from the area.
The port is continuing to promote urban zoning changes to remove land-use restrictions on port land, reclassify the commercial port tourism & recreation development district under the city’s port exclusive zone, and clarify permitted uses. The regular communications established between the port and the county government are expected to speed the process of reaching a productive consensus. Furthermore, as part of moving forward the process of confirming the location of the new National Marine Resources Eco-Museum in Port of Hualien’s east industrial district, the port and county government reached agreement on an urban planning compensatory program on September 16th of this year (2021). When the two parties sign an MOU on cooperation in the near future, the ceremony is expected to be attended by the many organizations and local representatives eager to witness the genesis of this new coastal tourism corridor and express their support for siting the National Marine Resources Eco-Museum at the Port of Hualien and realizing a transformational change in port tourism.