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Updates


Here you find the latest updates with the most recent ones at the top.


2004.09.28 M/V Estonia - 10 years after the disaster.

September 28th 2004, ten years have passed since the loss of MV Estonia. The cause of the sinking has not been investigated.

No hole in the hull below the water line?

Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports".


2004.01.01 - Naval Architect Anders Björkman's contribution regarding the IFG 2002.12.04 M/V Estonia analysis - damage on the forward bulkhead

By Anders Björkman

Damage on the forward bulkhead of MV Estonia
On Christmas Eve 02.12.24 the IFG posed the question how the upper part of starboard visor lug opening in the superstructure bulkhead plate of the Estonia could have been damaged indented and buckled as the visorlug itself is apparently seen still being fixed by the visor lock; the lug and a part of the visor support plate having been ripped off from the visor.

Link to main subject "Forum" and "Papers". You can also open the file in a new window here.


2002.12.24 - M/V Estonia analysis - damage on the forward bulkhead

Non conclusive damage explanation, damage on the forward bulkhead of MV Estonia
This report imposes further "impossible" and unpleasant facts. The Independent Fact Group show that JAIC's explanation regarding damage above the starboard visor locking lug is incorrect. Furthermore, when analysed, the damage can not have occurred unless the starboard visor locking lug itself was detached from the ship when the damage happend. There is just one "minor problem", the visor locking lug is still attached to the ship. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports". You can also open the file in a new window here.


2001.12.24 - M/V Estonia deformation riddle

What caused the damage, a plastic deformation, on the starboard front bulkhead?
The Independent Fact Group asks for the explanation, and present a number of facts below. Our intention with this riddle is not to prove conclusive evidence for any scenario. We only want an answer to why the damage on the starboard side of the front bulkhead is of a different type in relation to the corresponding damage on the port side. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports". You can also open the file in a new window here.


2001-11-29 M/V Amorella, Viking Line
Inspection of safety onboard 2001.05.27
The report show the status of personal safety on board this ferry on the permanent route between Sweden and Finland. Seven years after the Estonia disaster there still is a lack of safety implementation up to a minimum standard of international law at sea, SOLAS.

2001-11-29 M/V Isabella, Viking Line
Inspection of safety onboard 2001.05.27
The report show the status of personal safety on board this ferry on the permanent route between Sweden and Finland. Seven years after the Estonia disaster there still is a lack of safety implementation up to a minimum standard of international law at sea, SOLAS.



2001.11.03 - SKL, Swedish Police Criminal Laboratory expert report - ( only in Swedish )

An investigation of the document from the JAIC report (supplement) proven to be a forgery by the Independent Fact Group

To further prove our report "Forgery to hide lack of seaworthiness" an investigation of the documents has been performed by the SKL (Statens Kriminaltekniska Laboratorium) Swedish Police Criminal Laboratory in Lindköping, Sweden.

A Port State Control on M/V Estonia was conducted on 27 September 1994 in Tallinn before the last departure. A considerable number of deficiencies were discovered on this occasion, 14 were noted in a report of which 5 were serious enough to detain the ship from departure. M/V Estonia was not seaworthy. The Independent Fact Group shows that the copy of the Port State Control protocol printed in the JAIC's final report is a forgery.

The expert report by the SKL prove that the Port State Control protocol printed in the JAIC's final report is NOT a copy of the original document as stated by the JAIC.

You can open the file in a new window here.


 

2001.10.28 - Everybody on board the ferry could have been saved! ( only in Swedish )

A comparison between M/V Express Samina and M/V Estonia

Almost on the day 6 years after the shipwreck of M/V Estonia, the 26 September 2000, the Greek ferry Expels Samina hit at rock and sink outside Paros. Water enter through a big hole in the watertight hull under the car deck and the ferry is lost similar to the Estonia.

According to international regulations all watertight doors in the watertight bulkheads shall be closed at sea. They were not on Express Samina and therefore the water could spread quickly through all compartments under car deck. When enough water had filled the ship it lost its floating capacity and was lost. All this according to experts that have investigated the casualty.

The Greek's hasn't forgot their Archimedes!

You can open the file in a new window here.


2001.07.11 - Swedish Board of Psycologic Defence - SPF - ( only in Swedish )

What are the actions taken by the Swedish Board of Psycologic Defence in regard to their mission given by the government in connection to the decision not to support a new Estonia investigation?

A review of the book "To communicate with people under the stress of circumstances" [our translation] by the Swedish Board of Psycologic Defence (SPF), sent out to a limited number of relatives and survivers.
You can open the file in a new window here.

2001.07.11 - Swedish Board of Psycologic Defence - SPF - ( only in Swedish )

Are they answering questions from the public according to the mission given by the government 2001.04.19?

The correspondence between the Swedish lawyer Anders Björkman and the SPF indicates that the SPF does not fulfill the obligations according to their mission.
You can open the file in a new window here.


2001.04.01 - M/V Estonia reports now also in full versions on the site.

Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports", or

Download the complete report "Urkundsförfalskning för att dölja bristande sjövärdighet" (650 K pdf only in Swedish)

Download the complete report "Impossible visor scenario" (1100 K pdf)

Download the complete report "Recovery damage to the visor" (1700 K pdf )


2001.02.11 - M/V Estonia reports

"Partial status report" - (html)

M/V Estonia - the last voyage
This report is what we have chosen to call a "partial status report". In that respect the report is different from earlier reports. The reason for the change of format is that the subject is so extensive that it can not be presented in the one and same report. This "partial status report- the last voyage" focus on the first part of the voyage.

The aim with this report is to show that the route concluded by JAIC is incorrect. The JAIC route was used to support their scenario on how M/V Estonia could loose her visor. This report will reveal the sloppy investigation work performed by JAIC and further more call for a new investigation of the disaster. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports".
You can also open the file in a new window here.



2001.01.21 - Swedish Board of Accident Investigation, correct practice by authorities?- ( only in Swedish / endast på svenska )

Can we demand that Swedish authorities shall prosecute their duties in acordance with laws and regulations?

You can open the file in a new window here.


2000.12.24 - M/V Estonia Visor riddle

The picture of the visor "standing" on the side of the ship!
The Independent Fact Group Visor riddle ask for an explanation of the mysterious facts presented below. This is something for you to look in to, explain, judge or just accept. Our intention with this findings and our limited analyze of the material is not to hold it as conclusive evidence for any scenario. It is to question whether or not it by coincidence was possible to create pictures showing an identical object with the visor, standing on the side of the ship after the accident. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports". You can also open the file in a new window here.


2000.11.18 - M/V Estonia Diving Analysis

Trace of an irregular damage in the hull of M/V Estonia - 2000
In this report the Independent Fact Group analyze the pictures taken during the Bemis expedition August 2000. Members of the diving expedition has claimed that the pictures show evidence of hole in the starboard hull. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Diving Analysis". You can also open the file in a new window here.


2000.10.01 - M/V Estonia Articles/Books - ( only in Swedish / endast på svenska )

"Varför skulle jag ljuga om Estonia"
Sten Anderssons article in the newspaper Nya Dagen. Vi reply with full comments on the issues he address. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Articles/Books".
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2000.09.20 - M/V Estonia reports

"Non-evaluated damages and misleading conclusions" - (html)

 

The International M/V Estonia Seminar, Stockholm 29-30 May 2000
Paper NF-5 by the Independent Fact Group prove that the JAIC made incorrect conclusions regarding the mating boxes on the ramp, the preventer wires for the ramp and the bottom plating on the visor. Further more JAIC did not manage to identify nor evaluate the missing ramp railings (cut off and found at the seabed), the severe damage to the bulbous bow (port underside), and finally the hole in the hull. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports".
You can also open the file in a new window here.



2000.09.17 - Safety/Articles

Svenska Dagbladet den 12 september 2000
"Färjor klarar inte kraven"
- ( only in Swedish / endast på svenska )

The Swedish National Maritime Administration being criticized from the auditors of the Swedish Parliament. Link to main subject "Safety" and "Articles".
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2000.09.16 - M/V Estonia Articles/Books - ( only in Swedish / endast på svenska )

"A. Hellberg and A. Jörles book "Katastrofkurs" - a review"

A review of the book from the authors Hellberg and Jörle that disclose a lack of knowledge in regard to the MV Estonia and the shipwreck of the same. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Articles/Books".
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2000.09.13 - M/V Estonia Diving Analysis

In this analysis report, the Independent Fact Group shows that the video films taken by the "Bemis expedition in August 2000" on the ship wreck of MV Estonia, reveals, among other things, that extensive activities has been performed on the wreck after June 1996 and before the summer of 2000. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Reports".
You can also open the file in a new window here.

 


2000.09.11 - M/V Estonia articles

6 "new" articles are presented, earlier published in Svenska Dagbladet. Link to main subject "Estonia" and "Articles".
You can also open the file in a new window here.


2000.06.24 - M/V Estonia reports

Download "Recovery damage to the visor / Bärgningsskador på visiret" (780 K pdf)

"Recovery damage to the visor / Bärgningsskador på visiret" (html)

M/V Estonia report 2000.05.01 (an excerpt)
In this report, the Independent Fact Group shows that damage to the visor was caused by the visor recovery operations, and that the Commission failed or did not care to identify damage related to the recovery. As a consequence, the damage to the visor has been consistently identified as caused by the "loss of the visor", and was identified by the Commission as directly related to the sinking of the MV Estonia. The Independent Fact Group shows that it is probable that a considerable proportion of the damages previously found to be a result of the loss of the visor, was instead the result of the recovery operation.