|Founded||24 February 1999|
|Defunct||May 19, 2014|
|Headquarters||Incheon, South Korea|
|Kim Han-sik, CEO
Yoo Byung-eun (former Chairman)
Chonghaejin Marine Company Ltd. or Cheonghaejin Marine Company Ltd. (Hangul: 청해진해운; hanja: 淸海鎭海運; RR: cheong-hae-jin-hae-un) is a South Korean shipping company that operated the ferry MV Sewol that sank en route from Incheon towards Jeju on 16 April 2014. The Sewol capsized in the Maenggol Channel carrying 476 people, mostly secondary students from Danwon High School; 172 passengers and crew survived, while 304 drowned or are still missing.
Chonghaejin Marine Company Ltd. was set up on 24 February 1999, and became a key entity to consolidate Yoo Byung-eun's bankrupt company Semo's shipping business, taking over ships and assets held by Semo Marine, and had Semo's debts written off. Yoo Byung-eun's two sons are controlling the shipping firm through a majority stake in the investment vehicle I-One-I Holdings as well as 13 unlisted affiliates which through a tangled web of ownership structure own each other.
In mid June 2014, Chonhaiji Co. Ltd., a ship block maker controlled by the sons of businessman Yoo Byung-eun, and the major shareholder of Chonghaejin Marine Company with 39.4%, lodged its application for receivership at the Changwon District Court. Chonhaiji had ₩34.8 billion (~US$34.19 million) in outstanding debt to main creditor Korea Development Bank. On 12 June 2014 a man's body was found in a field 415 kilometres south of Seoul. A few weeks later after forensic testing police revealed it was the body of Yoo Byung-eun. While foul play was ruled out, police said they had yet to establish the cause of death.
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