Samina Express

WRECK / ALL LEVELS

MS Express Samina (Greek: Εξπρές Σαμίνα) was a French-built RoPax ferry that collided with a rock off the coast of Paros island in the central Aegean Sea on 26 September 2000. The accident resulted in 81 deaths and the loss of the ship. The cause of the accident was crew negligence, for which several members were found criminally liable.

On the evening of Tuesday 26 September 2000, MS Express Samina left the Port of Piraeus with 473 passengers and 61 crew members. At 22:12 local time (20:12 UTC), 2 nmi off the port of Parikia, Paros, the ship hit the reef of Portes islets[4] at 18 knots. The wind at the time was 8 on the Beaufort scale.

Professor David Molyneaux, a ship safety expert, said that the damage sustained by the MS Express Samina should not normally sink such a ship. The ship sank because nine of its eleven watertight compartment doors were open even though safety laws require ship operators to close and lock the safety doors. Molyneaux described the open watertight doors as the most significant aspect of the sinking.

Photo: Matteo Ratto

WRECK DEPTH

  • Max: -34 meters
  • Top: -20 meters
  • Penetration zone average: -27 meters

WRECK SIZE

  • Length: 118 meters
  • Width: 18 meters

AVERAGE VISIBILITY

  • >30

RESTRICTIONS

  • Some Sidemount passages

ENGINE(s)

  • 2 x Atlantique – Pielstick diesel, 10.944 kW, dual shaft

SPEED

  • 17.5  knots

TONNAGE

  • 4455  grt

TYPE OF SHIP

  • Ferry

DATE BUILT

  • 1996


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