Lee Joon-Seok, captain of the Korean ferry Sewol at the time of its sinking, as well as its chief engineer and two navigators, have been indicted for manslaughter and could face the death sentence.
Kim Han-sik, head of Chonghaejin Marine, the company that owns the sunken Sewol ferry, has been arrested.
Seafarers’ Rights International (SRI) has called for fairer treatment of seafarers in the face of what it calls a “rush to judgement” over Korean ferry Sewol’s captain and crew.
The death toll from the Korean ferry Sewol has now reached 150, with over 150 still missing.
Some 104 bodies have been recovered from the sunken South Korean ferry Sewol, with a further 198 missing.
The confirmed death toll in the South Korean ferry disaster has risen to 28, as it was revealed the third officer was in charge of the vessel at the time of the accident.
Adverse weather conditions, strong currents and murky water are increasingly hampering the search for 287 missing passengers following the Wednesday sinking of a South Korean ferry Sewol.
Korean authorities report that Chinese general cargo vessel Cheng Lu 15 sank off Pohang, South Korea, taking eight of the vessel’s crew with it.
A Chinese crew member is being detained in Japan following a collision between two cargo ships that resulted in the deaths of at least five seafarers in the early hours of Friday morning.
A report by the International Association of Dry Cargo Shipowners has found the number of bulk carriers lost during 2012 represents a significant decrease over the 2011 figure.