The ferry had a four meter large hole in the hull when it sank with 852 people on board. It appears in a new documentary that Monster has made for Dplay.
501 of the 852 passengers who lost their lives in the “Estonia” tragedy were Swedish. Six were Norwegians. Although the AIBN’s report directed criticism at the yard, no one was held responsible for so many lives being lost.
Estonian Prime Minister will investigate ferry shipwreck
Prime Minister Jüri Ratas declared on Monday that they demand new investigations into the “Estonia” shipwreck, reports ERR.
He says that these are significant new issues that have not been discussed before and that must be given a clear answer.
“This must of course be done with dignity and transparency,” Ratas told ERR.
According to Rata’s surveys, the technical survey includes underwater.
– We have also informed Finland and Sweden, he says.
According to Ratas, the technical survey will include seabed survey, wreck survey and 3D solutions on land.
Prohibited diving at the wreck
No one has been down by the wreck since the tomb peace pact was signed in 1995. Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Denmark, Russia and the United Kingdom signed the agreement. It declares Estonia a protected burial ground and prohibits all diving at the wreck, which is located in international waters.
The documentary makers have chosen to defy the agreement. They have been down with an underwater drone to film the wreck. One of the sequences in the series “Estonia – the find that changes everything” shows the large slit in the hull, where you can look into what is probably a cabin.
According to Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu, the new technical investigation does not mean that the results of the international investigation in 1997 will be invalid or insignificant.
– We will make further decisions based on the conclusions from technical investigations, Reinsalu says to ERR.
Jüri Ratas emphasizes that underwater operations will be carried out in accordance with the peace agreement.
– When you have found something new, you are in my opinion obliged to investigate it and try to come up with an explanation, says professor of maritime technology Jørgen Amdahl at NTNU to VG.
The damage measures 4 meters in height and around 1.2 meters in width. It must have been applied to the hull of the passenger ferry Estonia with a force of between 500 and 600 tons, according to Amdahl. He has participated in the documentary series made by Monster and Dplay, which is mentioned by VG on the day 26 years after the sinking in the Baltic Sea.
Rocks or irregularities in the seabed may have pushed into this area on “Estonia” after it sank. Amdahl still believes the finding makes it necessary to investigate the damage.
The “Estonia” shipwreck, 25 years after the disaster
Survivors thought he saw a submarine
Carl Eric Reintamm is convinced that the ferry ran on something. He was in the cabin when he heard something reminiscent of the sound of the ship driving through ice.
He explains in the documentary series “From Estonia – the discovery that changes everything” that he got up to the top deck from the cabin. He claims that he looked out to sea, where he saw something strange in the water.
– I see something white that was several meters large. It moved to the left, it moved.
He describes that it was dark and that where he stands there is no one.
– I have no idea if a submarine can look brighter than the water. But we were obviously driving at something.
The bow gate torn off
The AIBN has concluded that the shipwreck was due to a fault which caused the bow gate to be torn off and the ferry quickly filled with water. No one now dares to conclude that the hole in the hull may have had something to do with the accident or that it contributed to the ship sinking as fast as it did.
But from several quarters, new investigations are called for by the casualty and the circumstances behind the shipwreck. It has been called Europe’s worst ship disaster in peacetime since the Titanic sank in 1912.
Spokesman Lennart Berglund for the Estoniaoffren och Anhöriga Foundation, the largest relatives’ association, tells VG that they have given full support to Monster and Dplay’s operation. Estonian survivors, for their part, have gone to court demanding new investigations.
– The new findings presented in the documentary series are of great public interest. They raise questions about the official explanation available today. It can hopefully lead to more knowledge about why Estonia sank. This can help to give the survivors and survivors more answers and even perhaps an end to the case after 26 years. The production company Monster has put in a formidable job. The dive that was carried out was highly journalistically motivated and thoroughly assessed both ethically and legally, says communications director Hanne McBride in Discovery Norway.
– I can not reconcile myself with the sea as a grave