Liberian Registry expands in KoreaWritten by Nick Blenkey
The Liberian Registry has expanded its presence in South Korea by opening a branch office in Busan, Korea’s most important maritime city.
“The opening of our Busan office achieves a strategic objective of our growth in the very important Korean market,” said Alfonso Castillero, Chief Operating Officer of the Liberian Ship and International Corporate Registry (LISCR). “The majority of Korean owners will have their management companies located in Busan so this will be a dual office in the sense that it will support our growing client base in Korea on technical and operational matters, and it will also be a key in our business development efforts in Korea. With the tonnage coming to LISCR from Korean owners this year and next, this will be a very busy office!”
“This is a very big and important step for the Liberian Registry in Korea.Managing Director of LISCR in Korea, says Mr. J. S. Kim, who will continue to oversee the registry’s overall efforts in Korea from his headquarters in Seoul. “We have seen such an increase in Korean shipowners deciding to adopt the Liberian flag, and this will be a direct benefit to them to have this technical, operational, and safety-focused office locally.”
Heading up the Busan office is Mr. J. D. Shin, who joins from the Korean Register of Shipping, where he served for thirty years after starting his career at sea as a marine engineer. In his career at KR, Mr. Shin held appointments in Ulsan, New York, Athens, and in KR’s HQ. He has held the posts of General Manager of Convention & Legislative Service, Ship Survey Team, Overseas Business Team, and as Principal Surveyor.
Also joining the Busan team is Ms. Florie Kim who joins LISCR following a career in which she has spent time with Class NK, as well as TP Shipmanagement.
LISCR Busan, which is located within the same building as the Korean Shipowners’ Association, joins Oslo, Imabari, Houston, and Manila as the newest additions to the global network of full-service offices for the Liberian Registry