This study aims to examine the present status and environment of the domestic and overseas tugboat business. And analyze the operational and management results of the tugboat business in Korean ports, thereby point out the problems and suggest the counter measures to overcome the pending question.
Tugboat business is comprehensively assessed in Korea and overseas including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, U. K., France and U. S. A. in Chapter 2.
The operational results of tugboat business are analyzed in terms of the results of each port, comparison of the profits and the structure of the cost in Chapter 3.
The conclusions include recommendations with respect to the stricter structural reform of the tugboat business such as the reduction of the number of tugboat and the expenditure, and the joint operation among the operators.
Finally, this study suggest that the port administration of Dong-hae & Jeju cut the port charges to protect the shipping industry, or support government subsidy for the cost-compensation to tugboat business.