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The sunken South Korean ferry was operated under constant overload conditions.
The Korean “Savol” ferry's workload exceeded the maximum allowed on 246 flights over the past 13 months before the disaster: documents were found confirming that hundreds of passengers were in danger on an overloaded ship. And in the last voyage 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 conversion in March 2013, the ferry "Sevol" made 394 voyage, in 246 of them the weight of cargo in 2 - 3 times the limit in 987 tons. But according to the information available at the port of Incheon, the weight of the cargo has never been as big as in the last voyage of the vessel. Mun Ki Khan, vice-president of Union Transport Co, which loaded Savol, reported about cargo in approximately 3600 tons.