Marine Accident Investigation Branch report

Flooding and capsize of ro-ro passenger ferry Herald of Free Enterprise with loss of 193 lives

Location: Off the Port of Zeebrugge, Belgium.

Formal Investigation Report: Herald of Free Enterprise

Ordered by the Secretary of State for Transport, this Formal Investigation was carried out by the Hon. Mr Justice Sheen, Wreck Commissioner:

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Summary

The flooding and subsequent capsize of the roll on/roll off passenger ferry Herald of Free Enterprise, on 6 March 1987, resulted in the loss of 193 lives.

One of the outcomes of the investigation of this accident was the formation of the Marine Accident Investigation Branch (MAIB) in 1989.

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