greek MV Express Samina [+2000]
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nationality greek
purpose transport
type ferry
propulsion motor vessel (diesel)
date built 1966
status
unknown
details
weight (tons) 4455  grt
dimensions 115 x 18 x 4.4 m
engine 2 x Atlantique – Pielstick diesel engines, 10.944 kW, dual shaft, 2 screws
power  
speed 17.5  knots
yard no. 23
IMO/Off. no. 6613548
about the loss
cause lost ran aground (wrecked)
other reasons gale/storm
date lost 26/09/2000  [dd/mm/yyyy]
casualties  max.80rank: 557
about people
builder
Alsthom Leroux
last owner
[1]Minoan Flying Dolphins
MV Express Samina [+2000]
period 2000 ~ 2000
IMO/Off. no.: 6613548
prev. owners
[2]Agapitos Bros., Piraeus
MV Golden Virginia
period 1981 ~ 2000
[3]Cie. Générale Transatlantique (CGT, Cie. Générale d´Armements Maritimes), Paris
MV Corse
period 1966 ~ 1980
captain Vasilis Giannakis
no. of crew 61
no. of passengers 473
about the wreck
depth (m.) 35 max. / 16.9 min. (m)
orientation 90°
protected
war grave
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entered by Kindynis George
entered 15/12/2009
last update Kindynis George
last update 27/01/2014
 
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[1] Lettens Jan16/12/2009
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Kindynis George07/02/2012If the ship has followed exactly the planned route she would have passed safely the rocky islet at the entranceways to the port of Paros, named Portes, about 3 nm from the port, at 22:13 and at a distance 0.4 nm northeast. Instead of, however, obviously due to careless navigation and mastering, the ship operating for a prolonged time on autopilot went off course and hit the Portes islet at about 22:12, despite some last moment maneuvers by the bridge officer on duty to avoid the disastrous collision....

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Lettens Jan16/12/2009The Greek ferry Express Samina, was on a voyage from Piraeus to Faros with 523 passengers, when on 26 September 2000, she ran aground on rocks near the Island of Paros.

She was badly holed, listed and sank. 75 people died and 14 were missing. The crew was charged with incompetence in gale force winds.

Lettens Jan28/08/2008UK hydro member
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Kindynis George07/02/2012If the ship has followed exactly the planned route she would have passed safely the rocky islet at the entranceways to the port of Paros, named Portes, about 3 nm from the port, at 22:13 and at a distance 0.4 nm northeast. Instead of, however, obviously due to careless navigation and mastering, the ship operating for a prolonged time on autopilot went off course and hit the Portes islet at about 22:12, despite some last moment maneuvers by the bridge officer on duty to avoid the disastrous collision.

The collision of the ship with the rocky islet was on starboard sideways and has had as a consequence three raking damages on the ship’s outer shell, of varying extent and location both below and above waterline. Two of these damage openings were of particular significance for the flooding pro cess and the later sinking of the ship. The first and only serious damage below waterline located amidships and in the bilge keel area of the main engine room. It was about 3.0 m long and resulted from the hit on the rocks and backwards movement of the unfolded starboard stabilizer that penetrated the hull shell with its trailing edge like a ‘knife’. The second serious hull damage, located about a quarter ship length from the bow, was of larger longitudinal extent but at ship’s platform-car deck level, thus about 5m above waterline, Smaller damages on the ship’s outer shell were found around waterline below.Immediately following the collision, water started pouring through the fin damage opening into the main engine room and progressively into the other compartments through open left water tight doors of the main engine room that else would have prevented the flooding of the entire ship and her foundering.
 
 
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