The government will attempt to lift the sunken Sewol ferry from the ocean floor as early as Wednesday.
The Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries said it plans to conduct a trial if weather permits, and immediately start the lift process if the test results are good.
Vice Minister Yoon Hag-bae told reporters at the government complex in Sejong City on Monday that the government will decide whether to conduct the trial lift after checking weather forecasts at 6 a.m. Wednesday.
A Chinese consortium led by Shanghai Salvage, which is in charge of the project, will aim to lift the ship one to two meters off the sea bed using two jack-up barges.
The ministry had planned to try lifting the ship on Sunday, but had to cancel it as the wires connected to the barges were twisted.