[Anchor Lead]Once the Sewol ferry is sufficiently raised above the surface, it will be transferred to a semi-submersible ship. The ferry will then remain half-submerged as it’s transported to Mokpo. Here's why.[Pkg]After the Sewol ferry first appeared, above the water's surface, it was lifted another 13 meters. Nine meters of the ferry still remain submerged, because the 22-meter-wide ship was lifted while lying on its side. The ferry will remain half-submerged during its transportation to a semi-submersible ship. This is necessary to ensure safety and secure more workspace. The cables connected to the barges would have to be pulled even harder in order to lift the shipwreck completely from the water. This entails a risk of a cable rupture, because the tensile force applied to the cables would grow excessively. By contrast, if the ferry is transported while submerged deep in the water, it would be difficult to load it onto the semi-submersible ship. The maximum submersion depth of the semi-submersible ship that will transport the Sewol ferry to Mokpo New Port is 13 meters. To load the 22-meter-wide ferry onto the ship, it must be lifted at least nine meters above the sea surface. Four additional meters are needed to secure space to load the ferry. That's why the ferry has been lifted 13 meters above the water.[Soundbite] Chung Yong-hyun(Director, Korea Diving Industry Inst.) : "The ferry must be lifted 13 meters, because if it's too low, there will not be enough space in the water for loading it."Once the Sewol ferry is loaded onto the semi-submersible ship, it will become visible in its entirety outside the water.
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