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French court rejects damages over 1994 Stockholm-Tallinn ferry disaster

The front part of the Estonia is lifted from the sea in 1994. Photo: Jaako Avikainen/AFP/TT

Published: 19.Jul.2019 16:43 hrs

A French court on Friday refused a claim for compensation by the survivors and victims' relatives of the 1994 Stockholm-Tallinn ferry disaster. The Estonia is considered to be the deadliest ship incident since the Titanic, killing 852.

The court in Nanterre said that plaintiffs had not proved that the French certification agency and the German shipbuilder were at fault over the ferry disaster. The Estonia was sailing from Tallinn to Stockholm when it sank in bad weather in the Baltic Sea off Finland in September 1994, killing 852 of the 989 passengers and crew on board. 

An international probe concluded in 1997 that the disaster was caused by a problem with the bow-door locking system. Survivors and relatives were swiftly compensated for material damages from the now-bankrupt Estonian shipowner Estline. But more than 1,000 survivors and relatives of the deceased battled for two decades for a court in Nanterre to hear the case, which finally opened in April.

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