March 16, 1995 in Nation/World

Weak Lock May Be To Blame For Ferry Sinking

Compiled From Wire Services

Investigators have concluded that a weak lock on a bow door was one of the main reasons the ferry Estonia sank, killing more than 800 people, a newspaper reported Wednesday.

“The locking device was not designed as strongly as it should have been, according to the calculations,” the newspaper Dagens Nyheter said, quoting from an report not yet made public.

The international commission writing the report is to meet this week to finalize it. Millions of dollars in possible lawsuits and lost business are riding on their conclusion.

In Papenburg, Germany, the shipyard Meyer-Werft, which built the ferry, denied any construction flaws.

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