The public anger and outrage over the Sewol-ho ferry disaster is prompting the government to act swiftly and fill in gaps in safety regulations.
The government has announced plans to introduce an inspector within the maritime ministry to oversee not only the safety management of vessels but also the areas in which they operate.
During a Cabinet meeting Wednesday, officials also discussed shifting the current maritime safety system that focuses on emergency response to one that focuses more on preventing accidents.
Under the changes, a presidential decree would determine who is subject to safety inspections and when a vessel operator is required to submit its safety records.
The measures are meant to address criticism that mismanagement and lax oversight led to last month's ferry accident.