Postimees-funded MS Estonia survey concludes work | New
Expedition leader Margus Kurm said: âThe success of each project can be assessed in light of the goals set. Looking at the goals we set for ourselves before the expedition, they have generally been met. The weather and visibility near the wreckage were not perfect; however, we managed to do almost everything we needed to do. “
âWhat even slightly exceeded our expectations was the study of the wreckage car deck. Despite very low visibility, our underwater robot entered the car deck at a depth of about 60 meters and found that two of the doors leading to the lower decks were closed and in good condition, âKurm continued, adding that the collected material will be sent to experts for analysis.
One of the findings of the investigation was mysterious transmitter beacons, which the team said were installed on the seabed and near the wreckage, and were likely the source of interference with the equipment. during an official dive in the summer, but who put them there. , why and when remains unclear.
The project is organized by a private sector foundation created by relatives of victims of the 1994 disaster, the main contributor to funding being the Postimees Group, a media company that publishes the daily of the same name, its regional variants and the Fil de BNS press.
The vessel in service, the RS Sentinel, flying the Maltese flag returned to its port in the Netherlands.
The site is protected by a serious peace agreement involving Estonia, Finland, Sweden and several other countries, but the legal status of dives from vessels flying the flags of countries not party to the agreement, such as Malta, n is not clear.
Among the successes, Kurm said underwater photographs of almost the entire wreckage have been obtained, which will both allow a full 3D model and shed more light on the damage to the hull – l ‘one of the issues that prompted both the Kurm-led dive and an official, joint Estonian-Swedish investigation, which started in the summer and will continue next year.
Kurm, a former district attorney, led an earlier official investigation in the 2000s.
Just over 40 people, including six media representatives, took part in the project.
SA Mare Liberum was founded in July this year.
MS Estonia sank in the wee hours of September 28, 1994, while en route from Tallinn to Stockholm. The sinking is the largest peacetime maritime disaster in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people from 17 countries, and the second largest peacetime maritime disaster, in terms of European ships, after the Titanic. 137 people survived.
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