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Taiwan to step up ferry safety measures after South Korea sinking
Central News Agency
2014-04-21 12:34 PM
Taipei, April 21 (CNA) Taiwanese ferries will be subject to more inspections and rescue drills starting within a month, the Maritime and Port Bureau said last week, addressing safety concerns in the wake of the deadly disaster on the South Korean ferry Sewol.

The operators of domestic ferries, including Taima, Hofu, Taihua, Rera and Tai Min Star, are required to launch rescue drills and reinforce onboard safety measures, the bureau said in a Friday press release. It said it will also make sure that ferry crews are properly trained to deal with emergencies and that passengers are made aware of all safety instructions. Talks will also be held among ferry industry representatives over better prevention and responses to emergencies, the bureau said. The Sewol sank last Wednesday off the coast of South Korea with 476 passengers aboard as it was traveling from Incheon, near the capital of Seoul, to the island of Jeju. As of midday Monday, 64 people were confirmed dead and 238 remained missing, South Korean coastguard officials said. (By Lee Hsin-Yin)

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