New global headquarters for Korean Register

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Due to continuing international growth, the Korean Register of Shipping (KR) has opened a new global headquarters building in Busan, South Korea, building on its links with customers and the local shipbuilding industry.

The new headquarters building was officially opened on September 13th by Dr Oh Kong-gyun, Chairman and CEO of KR, and witnessed by over 400 senior representatives from shipowning companies, shipyards, classification societies and governments.

Relocating from the central Korean city of Daejeon to the maritime hub of Busan in the south of the country, KR has positioned itself on the doorstep of the world’s largest shipbuilding community. The new headquarters will also control KR’s three regional headquarters (Athens, Shanghai and Singapore) and its 59 branch offices located across the globe.

At the opening ceremony, Dr Oh Kong-gyun said: “The opening of our new international headquarters is the culmination of many years planning and represents a significant step forward for our growing organisation. It is another milestone on the path to achieving our 2020 vision and I would like to thank all those who have worked so hard to make it a reality.”

Almost 350 staff have moved from Daejeon and are now working in the new facility. KR’s research and development centre along with other, non-merchant marine related functions will remain in Daejeon where the central Korea location is more suited to their daily activities.

The new 18 story building has adopted an integrated management system that automates many of the internal services to save energy. Solar cells are incorporated to reduce energy use and rain water is collected and re-used. Other enhanced systems include a modernised communications platform covering all domestic and international branch offices to deliver a faster and more efficient service to KR’s international customer base.