Woo Ye-jong has been appointed as the new president of Busan Port Authority.
From 31 July, Woo, 56, will begin his new appointment, succeeding Lim Ki-tack who has been elected as the International Maritime Organisation’s next secretary-general.
In announcing Woo’s appointment, South Korea’s Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries (MOF) said that he has had a long career in public service.
Woo, who comes from Cheonan in South Korea’s Chungcheong province, graduated from Dankook University and holds a master’s degree from Cardiff University.
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He began his career in the Korea Maritime and Port Administration in 1985. Thereafter, he held various positions in the MOF, including spearheading efforts to develop Busan as Northeast Asia’s logistics hub.
With his background and having held various roles, Woo is deemed a well-qualified person to lead and develop Busan into a world-class port.
The ministry said that Woo has a good comprehension of the current issues facing Busan port and thus, it is to be expected that the revitalisation of Busan New Port, the redevelopment of Busan North Port, and the integration of the latter’s various operators will go according to plan.
Woo’s appointment comes at a time when Busan, the busiest transhipment port in Northeast Asia, is harbouring ambitions of increasing transhipment cargoes. In line with that goal, the port has planned expansion works until 2020.