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The sunken South Korean ferry was operated under constant overload conditions.
The workload of the Korean ferry "Seawol" exceeded the maximum allowable on 246 voyages in the last 13 months before the disaster: documents were found confirming the fact that hundreds of passengers were at risk on the overloaded vessel. And in the last voyage, the overload could be even more significant.
The misfortune with the ferry revealed numerous violations of the rules for transporting passengers on domestic flights between the shores of South Korea. Thus, the ferry "Savol" was examined by experts of the Korean Register of Shipping at the beginning of last year. The inspection revealed that the ferry was reequipped to accommodate more passengers. About the need to reduce the carrying capacity by almost twice, to 987 tons, and the mandatory presence on board of at least 2000 tons of water to maintain the balance of the ferry informed the ship owner, the company Chonghaejin Marine Co. Ltd. But the representatives of the register of shipping were not obliged to report the results of the inspection to the official bodies regulating maritime transport. Now it is called "blind spot" in the existing rules and regulations - according to the South Korean media.
After its re-equipment in March 2013, the Savol ferry made 394 voyages, in 246 of them the cargo weight exceeded the limit of 2 tons 3 - 987 times. But according to the information available in the port of Incheon, the weight of the cargo has never been as large as in the last voyage of the vessel. Moon Ki Han, vice president of Union Transport Co, which loaded the Savol, said the cargo was approximately 3600 tons.