The below is the arbitrary translation of the Jeju Domin Ilbo on July 4, 2012.  Sorry for mistakes in advance.

 

The water area of the so called civilian-military dual port ( Jeju naval base) was designated as a trade port. Therefore the legal basis that cruises can enter and exit the related water area was secured. However complete entry and exit of port for cruise is not guaranteed. For a cruise to enter the military facility in the water area designated as a trade port, it has to get permission from the jurisdiction unit commander. The cruise entry and exit of port can be controlled according to the condition of military unit, such as drill.

On June 26, the government having a cabinet meeting, reviewed and resolved on the ‘bill on the revision on the enforcement decree on the Port Act (*Law on harbor & bay),’ and ‘bill on the revision on the enforcement decree on Protection of Military Bases and Installations Act.’ On June 29, those bills were promulgated.

Following the enforcement decree on the Port Act, the Gangjeong area was added to the maritime zone of the Seogwipo port that is currently designated as a trade port. However, the ‘bill on the revision on the enforcement decree on Protection of Military Bases and Installations Act,’ is still in controversy. The promulgated bill is of more or less mitigation in the regulation on the cruise entry and exit of port, compared to that at the time of advance legislation notice (on April 26) but is not guaranteeing completely free entry and exit of port for the cruises.

In the April 26 legislation notice, “the ships (including passenger and crew) that are ‘designated’ by the jurisdiction unit commander are guaranteed their entry and exit of port at maximum.’ It was the bill to let the unit commander to choose the ships that can apply for the entry permission. On the other side, the bill promulgated on June 29 reads that crews and passengers in the ships that want to enter the military base and facilities with the installation of marks on control zone in the maritime area of so called civilian-military dual port (limited to the maritime zone designated as the trade port), can apply for the entry permission themselves to the unit commander or though the Jeju Island governor.

The ships that are possible for application for the entry permission is the licensed cruise ships according to the Maritime Transport Act or ships defined by the Minister of Justice according to the Immigration Control Law.

The jurisdiction unit commander should notice the applicant directly or through the Jeju island governor within 24 hours. If he does not notice the matter on yes or no within 24 hours, it is considered as yes. The crews and passengers that are to apply for the entry permission should notice the jurisdiction unit commander etc seven days before the planned date of port entry.

However the matter on the entry and exit of cruise within the trade port is totally dependent on the judgment by the military therefore the title of so called civilian-military port is suspicious as it is only in surface in reality.

 

For further information, see Navy attempts to define the naval base construction area as military restriction zone: an alarm for people (April 3, 2012)

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Reference

http://www.jejudomin.co.kr/news/articleView.html?idxno=34041
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