Kwang-Cheol is our North Asia Technology Centre Manager, and is based in South Korea.
Tell us more about your role at LR?
I am a manager for North Asia Technology Centre (NATC) which is established to develop our core technical capabilities so we can help our customers design, build and operate their assets safely in marine and offshore sectors. I work together with LR colleagues across the world, our strategic partners and external clients to develop our products for new building technology.
Why did you join?
I learnt at university that LR is a leading classification society with a long history and had a good reputation in terms of technology and market share. It was a great honour for me to come to LR because it was very rare to be able to join a major classification society like LR directly after graduating my naval architect and ocean engineering class. Fortunately, I was selected and joined LR with everyone's big applause with envy.
Why did you stay?
I feel that I am getting the right job, training and opportunity and thus my career is going in the right direction with support from LR. I have focused on specific fields to be become a technical expert in the first instance. As I gained technical experience, I have received the chance to be promoted to be the team leader and then manager to have a broader view of more fields. I am now concentrating on our core Rules to be wider and deeper than our competitors, and a differentiator that helps LR grow in our chosen markets.
What qualifications or experience did you need for your role?
After joining LR, I had carried out plan approval works and computational analyses for 12 years as a hull plan approval specialist. After improving the technical aspect, I was promoted to team leader for the structures group since 2015. It was a good chance to consider and understand more about the technology as well as customers and the business. Since 2019, I have been the manager of the North Asia Technology Centre to develop our core technical capabilities, and I also help our customers within my role too.
Describe a typical day at LR?
I firstly see if there are any issues about the safety and health of team members. Then I check whether the ongoing project is going well, by email, conversation, or meeting, and if necessary, I can handle urgent matters with LR colleagues through Skype. In addition, I always listen to the feedback from customers and regularly visit shipyards to deliver updated LR information by seminars and meetings. Depending on projects, I visit the UK Southampton Global Technology Centre to discuss technical aspects and to develop LR products with LR colleagues.
What is your proudest moment at LR?
For the navigating our future together award, I was nominated as a the core business and gas sector expert in LR Marine & Offshore and had a chance to deliver a speech for the story of strategy approach to technology in Marine &O Offshore Live. I am very proud that I am a member of LR to navigate our future together.