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Offshore ship has reached Estonia
The 'RS Sentinel' has reached the location where the ferry 'Estonia' sank on Sep 28, 1994, and is starting an examination. The relatives of the MS Estonia victims announced in early September they had established a foundation – Mare Liberum – to support their expedition and privately investigate the wreck of 'Estonia'. The foundation’s manager, Margus Kurm – a former state prosecutor of the Republic of Estonia and from 2005-2009, the head of the committee for the investigation of the sinking of MS Estonia – said that although numerous different investigations have been carried out, they have not been able to give the survivors and close relatives of the deceased exhaustive answers regarding the reason why Estonia perished. The expedition will look answers for seven questions: why and when did the visor disconnect from the ship?; did the ramp completely open before the sinking of the ship?; what exactly are the damage locations on the right deck, when and what caused such damage?; why and when did intermediary walls of the abaft and car deck of the ship become damaged?; does the hull of the ship have any more damaged locations of which we do not know?, what objects are located around the wreck and in the assumed trajectory of the sinking of the ship, and what is their connection with the sinking of the ship?; how exactly did different parts of the ship get filled with water? The diving support vessel plans to conduct underwater research and investigate the shipwreck on the sea bottom. The ship has various sonars, two groups of underwater robots and four divers with the necessary research and recording equipment. After gathering evidence, the entire collected material will undergo a thorough scientific analysis. Additionally, a 3D model of the bow visor of Estonia has been prepared, which now makes it possible to study damage of the visor from the distance. The plan is to cover the entire area and to map the location of the wreck and objects that surround it. After tha the first preparatory examination with an underwater robot will be conducted, the goal of which is to identify the exact position of the wreck and to find out whether there is anything around it that requires a more detailed examination.
Expedition to Estonia wreck
A research group funded by the families of the victims of the 'Estonia' disaster started an expedition to the wreck site on Sep 18, 2021. The research group SA Mare Liberum set off from the port of Eemshaven. The goal is to map all the damage suffered by the vessel, photograph and scan instances of such damage, as well as investigate the car deck and the surroundings of the wreck site. The dive to the wreck site will last approximately 10 days. A total of 46 people will take part in the expedition, including 18 ship crew members and six media representatives. There are seven questions that the organizers want to get answers to during the expedition and subsequent analysis. Materials gathered in the course of the investigation project will be analyzed by dr. Andrzej Jasionowski, who has previous experience with the disaster. In 2005-2008 he was a member of a scientific consortium that conducted studies for the Swedish government. SA Mare Liberum will also interview survivors. Additionally, a 3D model of the bow visor of the 'Estonia' has been created which gives the possibility to study the damage from a distance. The research project is funded from donations and the sale of media rights. The biggest supporter from Estonia is Postimees Grupp which among others owns such media channels as Postimees, Kanal 2, BNS and Radio Kuku. The ferry sank on the night of Sep 28, 1994, while sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm, killing 852 people from 17 countries. The shipwreck was investigated by a joint committee formed by the governments of Estonia, Finland and Sweden between 1994 and 1997 and by a government commission headed by the Public Prosecutor's Office in 2005-2009. In 1995, Estonia, Finland and Sweden signed an agreement to protect the shipwreck, which prohibits diving to the wreck.News schreiben