Billionaire Succession Stirs Protest at World’s Largest Shipyard

By Yoojung Lee (Bloomberg) -- Park Jin-ok was one of the first to take voluntary retirement at Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. after working as a welder for the world’s largest shipbuilder for 15 years. Since he left in 2016, he has been joined by some 35,000 workers who quit or lost their jobs at the shipyard in South Korea’s port of Ulsan, in a downturn as dramatic as it was … [Read more...]

Private Equity Firm Hahn Reportedly Mulling $4 Billion Sale of South Korea’s H-Line Shipping

By Manuel Baigorri and Cathy Chan (Bloomberg) -- Hahn & Co. is considering options for H-Line Shipping Co. including a partial or full sale of the South Korean freight company, people familiar with the matter said. The private equity firm is working with financial advisers on the potential transaction, which could value the entire shipping firm at $3.5 billion to $4 … [Read more...]

New Video Shows Russian Cargo Ship’s Busan Mayhem

Some new footage published by Korean media today gives us new  look at the mayhem that went down last week in Busan as a Russian cargo ship hit moored sailboat before alliding with a bridge. As we reported, the 5,998-ton MV Seagrand ran into the side of the Gwangan Bridge near Busan, South Korea last Thursday afternoon. Upon boarding the vessel, the Coast Guard found … [Read more...]

South Korea to Explore Floating Offshore Wind Opportunities with Equinor

South Korea's national oil company is teaming up with Norway's Equinor to develop commercial floating offshore wind in South Korean waters as the Korean government looks to add more renewables to the country's energy mix. The deal comes in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Korea National Oil Corporation and Equinor ASA to jointly explore opportunities … [Read more...]

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...]