The new headquarters building was officially opened by Dr Oh Kong Gyun, chairman and CEO of KR, in front of approximately 400 representatives from ship owning companies, shipyards, classification societies and governments, both Korean and international.
The new offices take over from the previous headquarters in the central Korean city of Daejeon, and will also control KR’s 59 branch offices located across the globe and its three regional headquarters, in Athens (covering Europe), Shanghai (covering China) and Singapore (covering Asia Pacific).
“The opening of our new international headquarters is the culmination of many years planning and represents a significant step forward for our growing organisation,” said Dr Oh.
“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.”
Approximately 350 staff have moved from Daejeon and are now working in the new facility. KR’s R&D centre, along with other, non-merchant marine related functions, will remain in Daejeon.
The new 18 storey building in Busan has 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.