The traditional single-hull tankers have only one layer of steel plate to separate the oil from seawater. As the oil storage tanks are mostly installed at the bottom of a tanker, the oil will spill directly to the ocean to cause ecological catastrophe and un-estimated economic losses once the ship runs aground or is stranded to break the hull.
To keep the high-risk old single-hull oil tankers from illegal ship-to-ship or ship-to-barge operations that may threat our ecological environment and port security, the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) of Executive Yuan has summoned the relevant authorities to set up a "Joint Inspection Team on Marine Pollution" according to the Article 4 of the Enforcement Rules for Marine Pollution Control Act.
From time to time, the Environmental Protection Bureau of Taichung City Government will work with the "Joint Inspection Team on Marine Pollution" to conduct joint inspection, gather evidence of marine pollution, and check the tanker’s certificates, operating manuals, oil and cargo records, instruments and other designated documents. It is hoped that the joint intervention and warning operations can help prevent marine pollution and safeguard our marine environment.