Taiwan – There are Lighthouses There!


New Maritime and Port Bureau starts operations

By Shelley Shan – Staff reporter – Taipei Times – January 02, 2013

People watch the sunrise at the Sandiaojiao lighthouse on the border of New Taipei City and Yilan County yesterday, as the Maritime and Port Bureau took over management of all of the nation’s lighthouses and navigation facilities from the Customs Administration.Jan 02, 2013 FULL STORY Photo: CNA

The Maritime and Port Bureau under the Ministry of Transportation and Communications yesterday officially replaced the Customs Administration to become the agency in charge of all of the nation’s lighthouses and navigation aids.

To mark the transition of management, the two agencies yesterday jointly unveiled a new lighthouse plaque at the solar energy-powered Keelung lighthouse.

Located in Keelung Port, the 11m-tall brick lighthouse was built in 1900 and the lighting system has a nominal optical distance of 16 nautical miles (29.6km). The nation has a total of 34 lighthouses, 44 light posts and 14 radar beacons, including those in Taiwan proper as well as in the outlying islands of Penghu, Kinmen and Matsu. Continue reading