Korea to Establish Maritime Promotion Corporation

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

August 25, 2017

File Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

File Photo: Hanjin Shipping Co Ltd

 Korea Maritime Promotion Corporation (KMPC), a dedicated support organization for the shipping industry, will be established in Busan in June of next year with capital of 5 trillion won (US$4.5 billion), reported BusinessKorea.

KMPC is set to offer financial and industrial policy support, in order to reform and upgrade the shipping industry in Korea, in response to the Hanjin Shipping bankruptcy.
At Seoul meeting of the ministers of economic affairs, on 24 August, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries announced a plan to establish Korea Maritime Promotion Corporation, a support organization for the shipping industry, in Busan, in June 2018.
The support organization will provide financial and industrial policy support, and will dispose of up to KRW 5 trillion (USD 4.5 billion) worth of capital. Initially, the capital will be set at KRW 3.1 trillion, which will be increased according to the demands of the shipping industry.
The financial support services include investment in and guarantee for vessels and terminals, purchases of secondhand vessels and re-chartering, according to local media.
KMPC is also expected to provide information on market conditions to support agreements on shipping, promote projects to stabilize shipping management, such as the replacement of old vessels, and operate the nation’s essential shipping system to help transport cargoes in emergencies, Business Korea reported.
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