The Sewol Ferry Disaster in Korea and Maritime Safety Management

  title={The Sewol Ferry Disaster in Korea and Maritime Safety Management},
  author={Suksoo Kim},
  journal={Ocean Development \& International Law},
  pages={345 - 358}
  • Suksoo Kim
  • Published 2 October 2015
  • History
  • Ocean Development & International Law
The sinking of the Sewol ferry on April 16, 2014, in Korea, the deadliest peacetime maritime accident in decades, was caused by a variety of factors, including human error and institutional and legal deficiencies. This article reviews the incident and its consequences. 

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      The KMST probed into the ferry accident through a special investigation team for eight months

      • The description of the sinking of the Sewol ferry is based on the Safety Investigation Report released by the Korea Maritime Safety Tribunal (KMST) on December 9
      • 2014

      available at <>. 41. The PS General Slocum was a passenger ship built in 1891. She operated in the New York City area as an excursion steamer for the next thirteen years

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      supra note 2, p. 51. 30. Ibid., p. 53. 31. Ibid. 32. Ibid., p. 54. 33. The Prosecution Service, supra note 4, p. 12. 34. The Distress and Rescue Act, Art. 5. 35

      • Yonhap News

      All the legislation referenced in this article is available on this Web site. The modification of a ship requiring government approval is limited to the length, width, depth, and purpose of a ship

      • 12. Ibid., pp. 6 and 17. 13. Ibid., p. 6. 14. Ibid., p. 7. 15. KMST Report
      • 2014