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Major Research Divisions

Marine Policy Research Division

The Marine Policy Research Division carries out policy research on coastal areas, islands, coastal disasters, inter-Korean marine cooperation, marine industries, marine tourism, marine ecosystems and responses to climate change, all of which builds a foundation for the national marine policy framework.

The division also supports international negotiations on marine policies and conducts active cooperation projects with international organizations and overseas research institutes.

Building institutional framework of national maritime policies

Ocean Environment Management Law, Coastal Area Management Law, Wetland and Swamp Protection Law, Uninhabited Small Island Management Act and Act on Management of Oceanic Life and Resource (draft)… KMI has played a key role in legislating laws and regulations on maritime policies.

Building groundwork for maritime tourism

KMI is planning a framework for marine tourism development, suggesting directions to develop national marina, and preparing relevant regulations to boost marine leisure activities. All of these efforts aim to support the government to exercise organized and effective national marine policies, provide quality life to Korean people by letting them have more marine leisure activities and, accordingly, boost local economies in coastal regions.

Additionally research on,

  • Climate change response, low carbon and green growth in the marine sector
  • Planning, management, use of coastal areas, as well as public waters and islands
  • Oceanographic investigation and information management
  • New ocean industrial development and marine resources
  • Marine industrial trends and statistics
  • Marine pollution prevention and compensation
  • Management and conservation of the marine environment and ecosystem
  • Marine life and biological resources
  • Marine protection zones
  • Marine environment, ecological industry and facilities
Fisheries Research Division

The fisheries policy research division carries out research on fisheries resources, supply and demand, processing, distribution, trade, seafood, human resources for fishing activities and household economy. It also conducts studies on the development of fishing villages and grounds, aquaculture industry, international deep sea fishery development, international fisheries cooperation, including bilateral and multilateral negotiations and ODAs, as well as research on supportive measures for FTA implementation. Moreover, it has held the Korea-Africa Fisheries Forum and the Korea-South pacific Fisheries Forum to explore international fishery agendas, while carrying out cooperation projects with FAO, OECD and other international organizations.

International Cooperation in Fisheries

KMI supports the efforts to improve international cooperation and overseas investment in order to secure overseas marine resources and to boost national export.

New Fishery Policies

KMI prepares mid/long term strategies and development plans for fisheries. These policies aim to help the fishery industry to become self-supportive and in the end for the industry to be adapted to a new environment, namely global warming.

Fishery Resources Policies

KMI is contributing to formulate fishery resources management policies such as establishing the evaluation system of fishery resources management, nurturing of the ornamental organisms industry, and devising the management plan for marine ranch industry

Fisheries and Seafood Industry Policies

KMI is committed to creating a new food paradigm through convergence between fishery and food industries, and developing reliable seafood culture.

Additionally research on,

  • Fishermen welfare, disasters, human resources, fishery household economy, fisheries finance and cooperatives
  • Korea-China-Japan fishing cooperation
  • Policies and development of fishing villages, fishing grounds and aquaculture
  • Aquaculture technology and informatization at fishing villages
  • Aquarium fish and fishing industry
  • Fisheries and leisure tourism at fishing villages
  • ODAs and global fisheries industry
  • Industrialization and safety of seafood
  • Responsive strategies for multilateral or bilateral negotiations in the fisheries sector
  • Deep sea and global fisheries industry
Maritime Industry and Safety Research Division

The Maritime Industry & Safety Research Division carries out research on international shipping, coastal shipping, shipping finance, cruise, establishment of shipping alarm system and shipping information networks, maritime industry and maritime transportation and safety facilities as well as maritime safety R&D and shipping market analysis and forecast. It has constantly conducted cooperation projects with UNESCAP, IMO, APEC, WTO and other major international organizations.

Additionally research on,
  • National shipping laws and institutions
  • Coastal shipping and seaborne mass transportation
  • Inter-Korean shipping cooperation and businesses in polar regions
  • Shipping/logistics professional development and crew policies
  • Shipping companies management strategies
  • Shipping economy and shipping crisis response systems
  • Cruise, ship management, shipping brokerage, shipping services
  • Marine accident prevention and safety policies
  • Marine safety personnel and culture development
  • Shipping market analysis and forecast
  • World seaborne throughput, analysis and forecast
  • Domestic and international shipbuilding and the trade trends of major countries
  • Shipping market index development
  • Shipping market statistics, information investigation and international cooperation
  • Ship safety and operation technology
  • Eco-ships and marine environmental protection
Port Research Division

The Port Research Division carries out research on national port development, redevelopment and port management and operation. The division has led national port policies with its research on port throughput and demand estimation.

Major Responsibilities

Its policy suggestions included the creation of stable throughput, advancement into the global market, integration of the logistics market, and development of a global logistics fund and the International Logistics Investment Analysis Center. As such, KMI is at the center of national efforts to enhance global logistics competitiveness.

Tonnage Tax System

Stable management of shipping companies Tonnage Tax System is the key factor behind this achievement.

Port Redevelopment

To transform deteriorated ports into a sustainable one accessible to everyone; we support the efforts to organize and exercise a redevelopment plan for ports.

Port Management and Information System

Port MIS (Management Information System), SP-IDC (Shipping and Port Internet Data Center) and One-Stop Service System, KMI excels in setting up information system used for port management.

Additionally research on,

  • Domestic and international port plans and policies
  • Low carbon and green growth in the port sector
  • Use of logistics parks and logistics complexes
  • Port development validity guidelines and usage
  • Port rate, operation and management
  • R&D in future logistics technology
  • Equipment, structure and their arrangement
  • Port facility demand estimation
  • Port logistics facility convergence technology
  • Works for intensified cooperation with major port authorities
  • Polar regions and inter-Korean cooperation
  • International port development projects and relevant works
Future Strategy Research Division

The Strategy Research Division carries out research on national policies for the Arctic and Antarctic, Arctic Ocean usage strategies, advancement into the international logistics market, including the Eurasia logistics market, investment inducement into free trade zones and maritime territory management, including Dok-do and Leodo. It has held the North Pacific Arctic Conference, the Arctic Policy Forum, the Global Logistics Company CEO Forum, the East Sea Rim Future Development Forum, and the Global Maritime Regime Forum.

Development of new growth drivers in the future

By exploring large scale projects and developing new studies in marine and fisheries fields, we are committed to finding a new growth engine.

Developing New Logistic System

KMI is conducting various research projects with a purpose to adopt new eco-friendly logistic systems to stop global warming.

Promoting South-North Korean Fishery Cooperation forum

Prominent domestic and international professionals in marine and fishery fields are exchanging visions and building strategies for the development of North Korea’s marine and fishery industry as well as its national economy.

Additionally research on,

  • Establishment of Arctic master plans and follow-up policies
  • Arctic governance, resource development and new policy demand response capacity building
  • Long-term responses to the Antarctic and Antarctic Ocean governance change
  • polar science and industry convergence
  • The validity of international logistics investment projects
  • Supportive measures for mid and small-sized logistics companies and their overseas advancement
  • 3PL and SCM sophistication
  • Global logistics market pioneering and domestic logistics company development
  • Eurasia logistics cooperation measures
  • Logistics-type free trade zone operation and measures to attract companies
  • Measures for stronger Dokdo ownership
  • China, Japan and other countries’ administrative and legal system for maritime territory
  • China and the US’s East Asia maritime strategies
  • Maritime boundary delimitation and fisheries agreements, as well as deep sea and maritime resource development policies

Research Support Activities

Analysis of Maritime Affairs & Fisheries Trends

Surveying analysis on current international trend and information in shipping & port, maritime & fisheries

Providing a variety of data to government and ocean industry through the website of KMI

Providing weekly outlook information of current issues in the maritime affairs & fisheries

Analysis on Maritime Current Issues, Ocean Policy Research, Maritime Review, Maritime Statics Book, Fisheries & Environment Statics, The Monthly Maritime Providing data with 11 periodicals

Construction of Knowledge-based environment for improvement of research productivity and efficiency

Improvement of Information management environment for establishment of sustainable and safe information service system

Management and operation of the client-centered website and improved service

Domestic & International Seminar and Forums

Creation of agoras for Establishment of effective policy alternatives and promotion of government's policy understanding Reinforcement of government-related policy supports through strengthening PR of research results

Management of Library and Research data

Maritime Information Center, A special library with materials on the ocean, maritime transport, port and fisheries in addition to related domestic & international information. Providing research result to relevant government, agencies timely

KOICA International Cooperation Support Training (Shipping and Port Management Programme)

Conduct a training programme on Shipping & Port Management for workers in this field of the Asia-Pacific region in collaboration with KOICA

Providing practical knowledge of Shipping & Port Management for promotion of efficiency in Shipping & Port Management and contribution to the policy development of participating countries