Investigation into the sinking of the RO-RO passenger ferry Express Samina

Papanikolaou, A. and Spanos, D. and Boulougouris, E. and Eliopoulou, E. and Alisafaki, A. (2004) Investigation into the sinking of the RO-RO passenger ferry Express Samina. International Shipbuilding Progress, 51 (2/3). pp. 95-120. ISSN 0020-868X

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Abstract

The main findings of the investigation into the sinking of the passenger/Ro-Ro ferry Express Samina and specifically the ship's damage stability behaviour are outlined in this paper. In the framework of this investigation, the flooding and sinking of the ship following damage was simulated by use of NTUA-SDL's time domain simulation method and the results could be confirmed by analysis of available testimonies of survivors. Progressive flooding through open left watertight doors was found to be the main reason for ship's sinking.