Inquiry in S. Korean ferry disaster shifts to safety certification


(JINDO, South Korea) — Prosecutors have barred eight officials from a maritime inspection agency from leaving the country as the Sewol ferry investigation shifts to safety certification, The New York Times reported. Sewol capsized and sank on April 16 on its way from Incheon, a port west of Seoul, leaving more than 300 people dead or missing. Prosecutors say sleeping cabins added to Sewol’s upper decks in early 2013 made the vessel more top-heavy, one reason why it suddenly listed and overturned.

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By Professional Mariner Staff