More recently, there is a clear tendency to consider the improvement of safety as a vital factor in the marine industry. In this paper, general statistics of ship accidents in South Korea are considered and the main objective of this research is to investigate the causes and circumstances of all maritime accidents in the country from 1990 to 2007. The research carries out the most common causes of accidents on marine operation finally. This study result shows that safety problem really exists in the whole ocean industry and prevention of fatal accidents should focus on the research for the risk assessment and prediction methodology.

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