The State Ports Authority has hired a sales agent for Hong Kong and Singapore, growing the agency’s focus on expected business in the region.

The SPA announced today that it hired Robert Greulich as its Hong Kong-based sales representative. Greulich joins the agency after decades in carrier sales, including most recently, serving as vice president of international sales for Wan Hai Lines, a Taiwan-based container shipping company.

“Singapore and Hong Kong represent a critically important region for the Port of Charleston’s long-range strategic growth, and Bob’s expertise and contacts throughout the region will be a tremendous asset,” said John M. Wheeler, vice president of carrier sales for SPA.

Greulich joins SPA as the agency is looking to grow sales in Asia.

Maritime experts have said the Asian market will become an increasingly vital source of business for East Coast ports once the Panama Canal is expanded to handle the larger “post-Panamax” ships as early as 2015.

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