A ship, so far, has been constructed, operated and scrapped complying with the administration procedures required by ship related regulations and laws during their life cycle from their building to scrapping for some purposes. Among ship related regulations and laws the Ship Safety Act and Prevention of Marine Pollution Act are closely correlated with ships and these Acts recently have been revised partly or entirely to supplement loop holes in these Acts. However, this amendments would not make a people easy to understand these Acts itself and the administration procedures required by these Acts on how they own a ship, or how they operate a ship. In case of a car it is comparatively easier than the case of a ship to take the information on the simple procedures in relation to the purchasing of and scrapping of cars.
The number of small boats, which have been registered in the Korea Ship Safety Technology Authority, is not more than 87,774 as of October, 2007. If such a figure is considered with the fact that the number of registered cars exceeded 16million, it could be poorly thought. The domestic car history passed slightly over 100 years and the car industry have been explosively developed in terms of technology. Therefore, the case of the ship can not comparable to that of the car.
For the purpose of improving people's welfare and economic benefits, the ship administration and marine environmental protection should play a significant role in activating the leisure and small boats. The administrative affairs are divided into many laws and regulations, the competent authorities are numerous, and the affairs themselves are correlated organically. Unfortunately, the situation is that the small and leisure boats are not within the scope of activation and people who want to possess their own ships, choose the type and size of a ship which are intended to have, accordingly design the necessary equipment for them, make those ships constructed by high quality of a shipyard, follow the procedures such as registration, survey, operation and scraping however it is not easy for owners to access to such procedures. The reason is that the ship is the product made by the ship owners' order according to their intentions and needs in contrast with the case of the car. Such ships hold a variety of problems that this practice can obstruct the safety in terms of the design and the ship owners want to enlarge the ship over the authorized size of the ship. Nonetheless, these problems can be solved as means of technical and legislative alternatives.
The infrastructure of marine leisure is not well developed and there are a big burden that the supply of technology and the ship administration should be simplified and the competent authorities should be unified. If the nation is not satisfied with the service of the ship administration, the alternatives to improve the effectiveness will have to be considered with full care.
Thus, this paper considers a measure of improving ship related regulations and laws to activate domestic leisure and small boats by analyzing the regulations and laws which obstruct the popularization of domestic leisure and small boats, and by considering the administration procedures and inspection procedures for ships in Japan, which contribute to the revitalization of leisure and small boats industry.