Korea's aging coastal liners and their crew

Korea's aging coastal liners and their crew

More than two-thirds of the coastal liners operated in Korea were found to be 15 years old or more, according to figures from the Korea Shipping Association on Monday.

Out of the 217 vessels tallied as of 2013, 69 were found to be between 15 and 19 years old, while another 67 were found to be more than 20 years old.

The poor condition of the liners has come into the spotlight in the aftermath of the Sewol ferry disaster that occurred last Wednesday.

The age of the crew also has become a bone of contention, as the same organisation showed that more than 75 per cent of the crew aboard these ships were 50 years or older.

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