She was painted in Silja Line's colours, renamed Silja Star and placed on the same route that she had plied for Viking Line: Turku–Mariehamn–Stockholm. As with many ships, Viking Sally suffered some mishaps during her Viking Line service, being grounded in the Åland Archipelago in May 1984 and suffering some propeller problems in April of the following year. Global Research  In 1986, a passenger was murdered on board. If you wish to use copyrighted material for purposes other than "fair use" you must request permission from the We bring you perspectives from around the world. [JAIC 4] The official report indicated that the locks on the bow door had failed from the strain of the waves and the door had separated from the rest of the vessel, pulling the ramp behind it ajar. Limburg, Peter R. (2005), "Deep-Sea Detectives: Maritime Mysteries and Forensic Science". People who might have had something to say, died. Bildt has a high interest and involvement in security and intelligence questions. The Estonia was simply exposed to forces it was not prepared to handle, and it was not designed to effectively get everybody off the ship in time. And he called Hans Laidwa from the Estline shipping agency, the owner of MS Estonia, telling him ‘The accident must have been caused by a construction error’. This month the Estonian government announced that there would have to be a future investigation in the sinking, in the wake of the fresh evidence. Ships will sink, no matter how advanced our technology becomes. FOR years Paul Barney was in a living nightmare – trapped by the horrors he witnessed when a 15,000 ton passenger ferry sank in the icy Baltic Sea. Hailed as a hero after the disaster in 1994, Barney now wants to know the truth about a connection between Britain’s spies, Cold War missile secrets and the capsizing of the MS Estonia. The investigation quickly came to a preliminary conclusion only 18 days later: The bow visor fell off due to high waves and faulty locks, water flooded the car deck, the ferry became unstable, capsized and sank. Several inquiries were later made. The smugglers tried to open the bow to drive the trucks out, but failed. To see all content on The Sun, please use the Site Map. In 2017, a demonstration by the neo-Nazi terrorist group the Nordic Resistance Movement (NMR) outside the fair was confronted by tens of thousands of ordinary citizens and finally violently dissolved by police. The Case Estonia – A journalist searching for the truth. In Sweden, technocratic populism is represented by the Citizens Coalition, which packaged its political language in terms of dispassionate rationality and a defense of secularism at all cost. “In fact it was so large that initially we thought two thirds of the hull had disappeared. Boesten, E. (2006): The M/S Estonia Disaster and the Treatment of Human Remains. The spy also claimed there had been a direct warning from the Russians to MI6 to stop smuggling out their tech on the Estonia. A whistleblower working in the Swedish customs later testified that several trucks were let through with no questions asked, on MS Estonia’s journeys the 14th and 20th of September, just one and two weeks before the incident. [JAIC 1]. Torsell arrives at the same conclusions as his fellow authors, with the spectacular twist that Finnish military divers are said to have recovered secret military equipment on board of MS Estonia. Certain defense shipments can be left out of normal customs clearing if necessary, but she found the plane odd, even though her superior officers showed particular interest to make sure everything went smoothly.