Updated: 2017-04-09 14:03:59 KST
Just a week left before the third anniversary of the deadly Sewol-ho disaster of 2014.
Let's get the updates on the salvaging operations to be followed by inspections of the inside of the ferry.We connect to our Kim Min-ji -- who is at Mokpo New Port.Min-ji, I understand that things are moving without a hitch for the transportation phase.
You're right Daniel.
I don't know if you can see behind me, but the Sewol-ho ferry is finally on land.
About half an hour ago, the entire vessel came on shore and officials are in the final stages of the transfer to move it to its new location. The procedure began at around 1 p.m. today, and if all goes as scheduled the entire operation is expected to complete by approximately 10 p.m. tonight.
As for the remaining operation -- the wheeled platform vehicles, or modular transporters, will be maneuvered to make a slight turn, as the vessel will be secured with the deck facing the dock side.And nearby a shelter will be set up for the families of the missing, as well as related booths, such as places to store recovered belongings, or waste.
The process is taking a long time as the transporters are moving very slowly to maintain the weight balance of the ferry.A total of 600 are being deployed in the operation.
The land transfer comes nearly three years. after the vessel capsized off Korea's southwestern coast on April 16th 2014, killing 304 people, with nine passengers still unaccounted for.And more and more Koreans are visiting Mokpo New Port to pay their respects to the victims of the tragedy?That's right.
Hundreds of visitors have been making their way here to remember the accident and the victims, and of course wishing for the success of the land transfer operation.
Many of them have tied yellow ribbons, which have become symbols of sympathy for the victims, to barbed wire fences surrounding the site.
(Korean, )"I just had to make a visit and I come with a trembling heart. I hope related officials investigate thoroughly into what caused the ferry to sink so that the victims can rest in peace."
(Korean, )"It's been nearly three years, and it seems the tragedy is slowly being erased from our memory. I hope this is an opportunity to remember what happened and that the nine missing passengers are found."Now, once the land transfer is complete,.. the vessel will be disinfected and fumigated -- and then a search for the nine missing passengers will begin.
An underwater search also resumed on Sunday afternoon, where the ferry lay for almost three years.Divers will be searching an area covering 32 square kilometers over the next two months, and a metal fence has been installed there to prevent any bodies from being lost.