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A Note on the Marine Policy of the Ferry Sewol-Ho Disaster in Korea

Joung Keun Cho1 and Seok Yoon2
  • 1 Graduate School of Business Administration, Seokyeong University, 16-1 Jungneung-Dong, Sungbuk-Ku, Seoul 136-704, Korea
  • 2 College of International Business, Division of Business Administration and Economics, Konkuk University, 322 Danwol-Dong, Chungju-Si, Chungcheonbuk-Do, 380-701, Korea


The passenger ship Sewol-ho traveling from the port of Incheon to Jeju island tragically capsized and sank off west coast of Jindo island in April of 2014. Of 476 passengers and crew on board the ship, just 172 were rescued and 294 are confirmed dead while 10 bodies remain missing. The tragedy is man made and unparalleled in modern Korean history. Due to such a large-scale disaster, South Korea’s marine and shipping policies are phasing into a critical turning point where policies for South Korea’s marine, shipping and vessels should be focused on substantially supplementing and strengthening disaster countermeasures, safety facilities and safety standards. Therefore, this study diagnoses the cause of damage, present status and issues caused by Sewol-ho disaster, as well as suggests policy improvements the government should drastically work on. Related amendments to law were presented as part of the measures, while establishing the special Sewol Law expected to improve total incompetence is also under discussion. However, the National Assembly has made very slow progress in discussing this. What is more important is to determine who should be responsible, while setting up policies for the following at the earliest moment: Taking preventive measures against reoccurrence in every aspect, preparing for maritime disasters and reinforcing safety standards. Otherwise, there is no bright future for us.

American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 12 No. 3, 2015, 229-236


Submitted On: 18 November 2014 Published On: 27 May 2015

How to Cite: Cho, J. K. & Yoon, S. (2015). A Note on the Marine Policy of the Ferry Sewol-Ho Disaster in Korea. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 12(3), 229-236.

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  • Maritime Disaster
  • Ferry Disaster
  • Marine Accident
  • Sinking Accident
  • Matine Policy