MV Sewol

MV Sewol
Ferry Sewol 1.jpg
MV Sewol at Incheon in March 2014
  • Ferry Naminoue (1994–2012)
  • Sewol (2013–2014)
Port of registry:
  • Japan Naze, Japan (1994–2012)
  • South Korea Incheon, South Korea (2012–2014)
Builder:Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd., Nagasaki, Japan
Yard number:1006
Launched:13 April 1994
Completed:June 1994
Fate:Capsized and sank on 16 April 2014
General characteristics
Type:RoPax ferry
Length:145.61 m (477 ft 9 in)
Beam:22.00 m (72 ft 2 in)
Draught:6.26 m (20 ft 6 in)
Depth:14.00 m (45 ft 11 in)
Installed power:
  • 2 × Diesel United-Pielstick 12PC2-6V-400
  • 11,912 kW (15,974 hp) (combined)
Speed:21.5 knots (39.8 km/h; 24.7 mph)
  • As Sewol: 921 passengers, 88 cars, 60 8-ton trucks
  • As Ferry Naminoue: 804 passengers, 90 cars, and 60 trucks

MV Sewol (Hangul:세월호, Hanja:世越號, Beyond the World)[1][note 1] was a South Korean vehicle-passenger ferry, built and previously operated in Japan. It operated between Incheon and Jeju. On 16 April 2014 Sewol, capsized and sank with the loss of 304 passengers and crew.


Sewol was a RoPax ferry that was built by the Japanese company Hayashikane Shipbuilding & Engineering Co. Ltd. (Japanese: 林兼船渠) in 1994.[2] At 146 m (479 ft) in length[3] and 22 m (72 ft) in width,[4] she could carry 921 passengers,[5] or a total of 956 persons, including the crew.[6] She had a legal capacity for 180 vehicles and 154 regular cargo containers.[7] The maximum speed of the ship was 22 knots (41 km/h; 25 mph).[8]

Other Languages
dansk: Sewol
Deutsch: Sewol
Ελληνικά: Σέουολ
français: Sewol
한국어: 세월호
日本語: セウォル
norsk nynorsk: MS «Sewol»
Simple English: Sewol