Nearly 22 months after the tragic sinking of the Stellar Daisy VLOC arrest warrants have been sought by the Busan Coast Guard for Kim Wan-joong, the CEO and chairman of the ship’s owner, Polaris Shipping, as well as four other men who are accused of allowing the converted ship to travel in unsafe conditions.
Polaris’s former head of maritime affairs also faces being arrested over the sinking, which killed 22 crew in the South Atlantic as does an inspector from class society, Korean Register. Two other men who worked for a private survey firm are also likely to be arrested tomorrow.
The charges relate to the modification of the vessel, an inspection from KR and a forged document by a technician working for a local thickness measurement company.
Criminal charges including involuntary manslaughter will be investigated again after the completion this month of the deepsea search to be conducted by Ocean Infinity for the ship and its vessel data recorder.