Licence revoked

South Korea has stopped the owner of the Sewol from operating, citing gross violations of safety rules.

The licence of Chonghaejin Marine was revoked on Monday, the Yonhap news agency reported.

The ministry of oceans and fisheries said the Incheon Regional Maritime Affairs & Port Administration annulled the Incheon-Jeju licence.

The shipowner did not raise any objections.

Sewol sank on 16 April near Jindo island, killing more than 300 passengers, many of them schoolchildren.

Chonghaejin had already said it would voluntarily surrender all of its operating licences and has not been running vessels since the tragedy.

A new operator for its three routes is being sought.