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Korean Ferry Disaster

South Korea promises regulatory changes

5 May, 2014

South Korea’s Ministry of Ocean and Fisheries and other groups promise new monitoring and regulations for domestic passenger ships that aren’t covered by international law.  Beginning in June, all passenger information will be processed electronically; this will apply to vehicles and cargo in July.  Data recorders will be installed on ferries.  Officials will look at setting a speed limit on the area where the Sewol sank.  The government also says it will propose a ban on redesign of ships for more passenger space. It will also consider taking on the responsibility for safety inspections, now done by a private industry group.