South Port accounts for 30% of the nations commissioned sales of fishery products and is expected to grow as a world-class fishery product center. Gamcheon Port is a multi-purpose terminal handling coastal and freight cargo. Dadaepo Port is to be developed into an eco-friendly port in the future. The Port of Busan also opened a world class International Ship Chandlery Centre and International Passenger Terminal in 2012 and 2015, respectively.
Busan also boasts not one but two large, world-class maritime education facilities complete with their own state-of-the-art Simulators and sea training vessels. The Korea Maritime and Ocean University (KMOU) teaches a combination of approximately 8,000 students including Cadets, Graduates and Post Graduates a year while the Korea Institute of Maritime & Fisheries Technology (KIMFT) provides internationally accredited training courses to around 750 maritime professionals per week.
The port has around 48,500 ship arrivals per annum and it is estimated that more than 700,000 seafarers visit the port on an annual basis. These visits usually take place before and after a long voyage at sea, often taking many weeks or months in the case of deep sea fishing vessels. Furthermore, vessels may also spend many days at anchor, awaiting a berth, before entering port. With small crew numbers and tight watch systems, seafarers usually have very limited time ashore to enjoy port welfare facilities.
Fortunately domestic and foreign seafarers visiting the port are able to make use of welfare facilities and services provided by a combination of the Government, Busan Port Authority, the proactive Unions, Non Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and even one private company. The facilities include the following seafarers centres: The Korea Seafarer's Welfare & Employment Center; Flying Angel Seafarers Centre (CJ KBCT terminal); PUCMA Seafarers' Center (Jungang-dong); Gamchun Seafarers Center (Gamchun port) and the Busan New Port Seafarers Center (PNC terminal). An additional, larger centre will be opened at New Port in November 2015. The 7 NGO welfare providers under PUCMA also conduct a regular programme of welfare visits to ships and also visit seafarers in hospital.
In order to better collaborate, coordinate and further develop seafarers welfare, the Busan maritime community decided to join the IPWP pilot project and formed the first ROK ‘welfare board’, in accordance with MLC, 2006. The hugely successful inaugural meeting was kindly hosted by the supportive Federation of Korean Seafarers Unions (FKSU, which consists of 58 Affiliate Unions) on 22nd October 2015.
Much of the success of the inaugural meeting can be attributed to sound, prior preparation and the outstanding co-ordinating role played by Professor Yeong Woo (Edmond) Jeon of the KMOU. He arranged for the maritime community to meet on 3 separate occasions to discuss the project prior to the first official meeting.
The newly formed Busan Port Seafarers’ Welfare Committee (BPSWC) elected Capt Lim, Jae Tack as Chairman and Vice Chairmen, Kim Doo Yeong, Whang Yeong Sik and Roh Chul Lai. Kim Dae Keon and Kim Kyeong Suk will act as Administrator and Auditor, respectively.
The inaugural meeting was attended by 60 participants representing the 30 maritime member organisations that have subscribed to BPSWC.
The Port of Busan is one of the busiest ports in the world and the largest and busiest port in the Republic of Korea. As the hub port for Northeast Asia it connects 500 ports in 100 countries. To accommodate rapidly increasing container traffic in the region, the port continues to expand and accelerate the development of its services and state-of-the-art port facilities.
Divided into Busan North Port, consisting of 5 Container Terminals, and the ultra modern Container Terminals at Busan New Port, the Port of Busan also comprises of 3 smaller ports: South Port, Gamcheon Port and Dadaepo Port.