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World 3 countries to assess new info about 1994 ferry sinking

13:35  28 september  2020
13:35  28 september  2020 Source:   msn.com

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The sinking of the MS Estonia killed 852 people, making it one of history's deadliest European media captionBBC reports on the Estonia ferry disaster in 1994 . Survivors and relatives received People from 17 countries lost their lives in the disaster. Of the 852 people killed, 501 were Swedish and 285

Year. 1994 . Month Day. September 28. Passenger ferry , Estonia, sinks , killing 852. On September 28, 1994 , 852 people die in one of the worst maritime disasters of the century when the Estonia, a large car-and-passenger ferry , sinks in the Baltic Sea.

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The governments of Sweden, Finland and Estonia said Monday they will jointly assess what that they called “new significant information” in connection with one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people.

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 1994 file photo, the bow door of the sunken passenger ferry M/S Estonia is lifted up from the bottom of the sea, off Uto Island, in the Baltic Sea. The governments of Sweden, Finland and Estonia said Monday Sept. 28, 2020, they will jointly assess what that they called “new significant information” in connection with one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people. (Jaakko Aiikainen/Lehtikuva FILE via AP) © Provided by Associated Press FILE - In this Nov. 19, 1994 file photo, the bow door of the sunken passenger ferry M/S Estonia is lifted up from the bottom of the sea, off Uto Island, in the Baltic Sea. The governments of Sweden, Finland and Estonia said Monday Sept. 28, 2020, they will jointly assess what that they called “new significant information” in connection with one of Europe’s deadliest peacetime maritime disasters, the sinking of a ferry in the Baltic Sea in 1994 that killed 852 people. (Jaakko Aiikainen/Lehtikuva FILE via AP)

A television documentary aired to coincide with the 26th anniversary of the sinking of the M/S Estonia includes video images from the wreck site showing a hole in the hull measuring 4 meters (13 feet) on the starboard side.

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MS Estonia was a cruise ferry built in 1979/80 at the German shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg. The ship sank in 1994 in the Baltic Sea between Sweden, Åland, Finland and Estonia

However, the three countries said that they “rely on final conclusions” of a 1997 report that concluded that the ferry sank after the bow door locks failed in a storm. It flatly rejected the theory of a hole, which has long been the focus of speculation about a possible explosion on board.

“It cannot be ruled out that the damage was important for the sinking process,” Joergen Amdahl, professor of marine technology in Trondheim, said in the five-episode documentary to be aired Monday.

Ann Linde, Pekka Haavisto and Urmas Reinsalu — the foreign ministers of Sweden, Finland and Estonia — said in a joint statement that they ”have agreed that verification of the new information presented in the documentary will be made in accordance and full respect” of a 1995 agreement to protect the wreck as a final place of rest for victims of the disaster.

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This list of shipwrecks in 1994 includes ships sunk , foundered, grounded, or otherwise lost during 1994 .

On the day the ferry sank , April 16, 2014, shippers had loaded twice the legal limit of cargo on its decks. The country ’s leaders vowed to write new laws and rules to improve safety at sea, and to do battle with the culture of corruption that courses through the country ’s companies and safety agencies.

Some 758 bodies remain entombed on the car ferry, which rests on the seabed 80 meters (265 feet) below the surface. The wreck is considered a graveyard, which gives the area protection under the law, and the agreement criminalized activities that would disturb it. However, Finnish and Swedish coast guards cannot stop any diving endeavor because the wreck lies in international waters.

Last year, the production team behind the documentary sent an underwater robot to film the wreck. Jessica Linnman, head of communications for Discovery Sweden, said "the film crew found that it was journalistically justified to dive to the wreck using a robot.”

“The case is of great public interest and this was the only way for the production to determine if the official statement available today is credible, or if there are circumstances that have not been revealed to the public,” she said.

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