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Port Honors Hanjin's Late Chairman

Soo Ho Cho Presented Honorary Port Pilot Award Posthumously

February 9, 2007

The Port of Long Beach has presented its highest honor, the Honorary Port Pilot Award, to the late Soo Ho Cho, the chairman of Hanjin Shipping who passed away in November.

Cho joined Hanjin in 1985 and was promoted to company president in 1994. He became chairman in 2003. 

“In less than a decade, Mr. Cho’s leadership helped elevate Hanjin into the ranks of the world’s preeminent shipping companies,” said Harbor Commission President James C. Hankla. “Hanjin is one of the Port of Long Beach’s most valued customers. It is with the greatest respect that we honor Mr. Cho with the Port’s highest recognition, the Honorary Port Pilot award.”

Port officials presented the award to Mrs. Eun-Young Choi, Cho’s widow, on Thursday, February 8 during a ceremony in South Korea. 

Hanjin Shipping and its affiliate, Total Terminals International, are among the Port of Long Beach’s largest customers. 

The Honorary Port Pilot award is named for the port pilots who are entrusted to safely guide cargo ships in and out of the harbor. Since 1954, the Port has honored individuals for their leadership and achievements in international trade. The port has presented the award to CEOs of leading corporations, prime ministers, ambassadors, members of Congress, Cabinet officials and presidents, including President Ronald Reagan.

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