Port of Ulsan, the largest liquid cargo handling port in Korea has been chosen as one of the five ports globally to be celebrated for its welfare services provided for seafarers by the International Seafarers’ Welfare & Assistance Network (ISWAN).
The award is based on the votes of seafarers and the Brunsbuttel ports of Germany, Halifax of Canada, South Carolina Ports Authority of the US, the Port of Sydney and Botany of Australia also made the list.
The Ulsan Port Authority (UPA) reconstructed its Seafarers Welfare Center in September 2014 within its Main Port to make welfare service more accessible and seafarer-friendly.
Many seafarers pointed out that they were most satisfied in Ulsan because they were able to feel companionship while stationing.
UPA also initiated an “Enhancing Seafarers' Welfare” programme in order to form public opinion and gather ideas for further renovation of its centre.
Kang Jone-Yeol, President of UPA, said: “It is a true honour for Port of Ulsan to be chosen as one of top ports for its service for seafarers. UPA will endeavor to upgrade its welfare service and strengthen its relationship with seafarers.”
ISWAN is an international organisation founded for the purpose of enhancing the welfare of seafarers. The award recognises excellence in ship management, from crewing to technical and procurement services.