Japan Takes South Korea to WTO Over Financial Support for Shipbuilders

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Nov 13 (Reuters) - Japan has launched a complaint at the World Trade Organization to contest what it says is illegal financial support given by South Korea to commercial shipbuilders, according to a WTO filing published on Tuesday. "The measures in question relate to the development, production, marketing, and/or sale or purchase of commercial vessels, … [Read more...]

North and South Korea Reopen Maritime Communication Channel

SEOUL, July 1 (Reuters) - North and South Korea reopened a maritime communication channel on Sunday, with vessels from the two countries making radio contact for the first time in a decade, South Korea's Defence Ministry said in a statement. A North Korean patrol boat responded immediately when the South Korean Navy contacted it via an international radio channel at 9 a.m. … [Read more...]

South Korea to Offer ‘Industry Crisis’ Funding to Hard-Hit Shipbuilding Regions

SEOUL, May 29 (Reuters) - South Korean Finance Minister Kim Dong-yeon said on Tuesday the government will designate five key shipbuilding centres on the country's south coast as "industry crisis" zones eligible for economic support. The areas include Dong-gu in the city of Ulsan, Geoje-si of Kyong-nam province and Jinhae-gu of Changwon, as well as Tongyeong and Mokpo in the … [Read more...]

Car Carrier Catches Fire at Port of Incheon, South Korea -Incident Video

A Panama-flagged car carrier caught fire Monday while docked at the Port of Incheon in South Korea. Officials said the fire broke out at about 9:40 a.m. local time in the cargo area of the vehicle carrier, which was loaded with about 2,000 vehicles bound for Libya at the time. The ship has been confirmed as the 52,000-ton, 200-meter-long Auto Banner. The fire is … [Read more...]