Rhenus Waalhaven welcomes two Korean naval vessels
When you think of Korea, you might not directly think of a very rich naval history. However, the first traces of Korean naval activities date back to the 4th century. As of today, The Republic of Korea Navy (ROKN), has over 70.000 active personnel and is still expanding their naval defenses and expertise. Part of the Korean Naval Academy tradition is the annual ‘Cruise Training’, that commenced for the first time in 1954. Two of their Combat Support Vessels arrived for a double banking lay-by at the Rhenus Waalhaven terminal last Thursday.
The ‘Cruise Training’ was composed of the MV ROKS Munmu the Great and the MV ROKS Hwacheon, which are part of the Chungmugong Yi Sunsin-class. MV ROKS Munmu the Great is a destroyer with a length of 150 m and has a draft of 9.5 m. The vessel is named after an ancient Korean king and has been involved in various overseas rescue operations. To support combatant ships and other naval operations, auxiliary ships - such as the MV ROKS - Hwacheon, are needed. This ship is named after a Korean region and is active since 1998.
In total 630 sailors, including 140 4th year midshipmen (naval cadets) from the Korean Naval Academy, are involved in the annual ‘Cruise Training’. Since 1954, the ROKN strengths its relationships with other navies around the globe by doing such trainings. In total 59.000 km will be traveled, visiting 12 countries and 14 ports over the course of 143 days.
Our terminal is located in the heart of the Waalhaven in Rotterdam. It has excellent access to the hinterland destinations by rail, road and water. In addition, we are able to offer you long-term lay-bys and first-rate terminal services. Please contact our colleague Stefan Venema in case you have any questions about our services.