According to SVT, there is no sign of an explosion on board the Estonia, according to SVT, the preliminary report of the accident commissions.

The first composite picture of the stern on the Estonia. Picture from June 2022. Archive image.
The first composite picture of the stern on the Estonia. Picture from June 2022. Archive image.

According to the report, the rock formations at the bottom of the sea match the damage seen on the Estonia, writes SVT The investigators see no reason to question the conclusions of the 1997 report.

The new report, like the 1997 report, also notes that, among other things, there have been deficiencies in the bow visor, which have affected the seaworthiness of the vessel.

The background to the new investigations at the wreck site, which began in summer 2021, is the documentary "Estonia โ€“ the find that changes everything" that was broadcast in 2020.

Two journalists performed in the documentary with the help of a dive missile filming at the Estonia. The series showed, among other things, an unknown hole in the hull of the pre-listed ferry, which was the start of the new investigations.

Facts: Estonia

The ferry Estonia sank on 27 September 1994 on its way from Tallinn to Stockholm.

852 people died in the disaster, 501 of which were Swedes. 137 people were saved.

The main conclusion of the international accident commission was that the strongholds and locks to the Estonia bow visor were undersized. However, when the bow visor came loose, large amounts of water came into the car deck and made the ship captivate. Survivors, relatives and other engaged persons have demanded that the rapid progress of the ship's sinking must be further investigated.

The documentary "Estonia โ€“ the finding that changes everything", which was sent in autumn 2020, attracted a lot of attention with pictures showing a previously unknown hole in the hull of the ferry on the seabed.

The accident commissions in Sweden, Finland and Estonia are now reviewing what happened. In November 2021, the National Commission for Accidents stated that the new holes discovered in the hull were probably caused by rocks on the seabed.