South Korean Authorities Arrest Head of Sewol Ferry Company

Head of Chonghaejin Marine, the company that owned the ill-fated ferry Sewol, which sank on April 16th killing 269 people, was arrested Friday by the South Korean prosecutors, writes the Associated Press.

The country is extending the investigation into the tragedy as the public anger against the government increases ever more.

The ferry is believed to have sunk due to overloading and Kim Han-sik is accused of having known about the storage of three times more cargo than allowed.

Four more employees of Chonghaejin Marine had also been detained along with the captain and the fourteen crew, who are facing charges for negligence and abandoning of ship.

Thirty five people are still being searched for but are feared dead having in mind that over the past three weeks divers had only recovered bodies from the wreck.

The search is further hampered by low visibility and floating debris inside the ferry’s hull.

The ferry was carrying around 475 people, including 325 students from a high school in Ansan, just south of Seoul, when it sent out a distress signal on April 16th at 8:58 a.m. in waters 20 kilometers off the island of Byeongpoong.

World Maritime News Staff, May 11, 2014; Image: Wikimedia

Share this article

Follow World Maritime News

In Depth>


<< Dec 2019 >>
25 26 27 28 29 30 1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8
9 10 11 12 13 14 15
16 17 18 19 20 21 22
23 24 25 26 27 28 29
30 31 1 2 3 4 5

Offshore Energy Exhibition and Conference (OEEC) 2020

The three-day event includes an exhibition where an expected 600+ supply chain companies…

read more >

Maritime Reconnaissance and Surveillance Technology

As varied threats in the Mediterranean Sea continue to proliferate, the need to advance…

read more >


Forum you will find out from the regulators, government bodies and major ports’ representatives what the near…

read more >

7th Annual Arctic Exchange

Every year the Exchange invites delegates from across the globe to come together to listen to key senior management teams…

read more >