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Express Samina was a RORO passenger ferry (built in 1966) that operated in Greece and sunk in the evening (22.20) on Tuesday 26 September 2000 near the island of Paros. Eighty of the over 500 passengers were lost at sea. The fact that the crew did not help the passengers evacuate the sinking ferry contributed to the death toll. Skaugran Oslo Loading a Ro Ro passenger car ferry The Cetus Leader A Canadian RORO Ferry A PCC ships starboard side showing side ramp. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Paros, or Paro (Greek: Πάρος), is an island of Greece in the Aegean Sea, one of the largest of the group of the Cyclades. ...


The Samina ran aground on a well-known islet after the crew set the ferry on auto-pilot, leaving the bridge (to watch Panathinaikos in the UEFA Champions League, as rumour has it)[citation needed]. They deployed two stabilisers to counteract the waves; a mechanical failure caused only the starboard (right side) stabilizer to deploy, causing the ship to drift to starboard. When she first crashed into the Gates of Paros it created a large gash on the starboard side 1m high above the water line. When the stabiliser hit the rock, it created a second large hole in the ship below the water line near the engine room. This second hole caused water to flow into the engine room, knocking out power and preventing the water tight doors from being closed remotely. As 9 out of the 11 water tight doors were open (a breach of the safety procedure), the water was able to flood the ship, causing it to list to starboard. Once she had rolled to a 14 degree angle, water was able to enter the first hole, causing the ship to sink. Panathinaikos Athlitikos Omilos (Greek: Παναθηναϊκός Αθλητικός Όμιλος,  ), widely known either as Panathinaikos or PAO, is a greek sports club based in Athens, Greece. ... The UEFA Champions League (which used to be named and is often still called European Cup) is an annual club football competition organized by the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) for the most successful football clubs in Europe. ...


Several crew members as well as representatives for the owners were subsequently charged with different criminal charges, including manslaughter and negligence. The trial commenced late July 2005. In tort law, the right to sue and recover damages from another on the basis of negligence, as opposed to numerous other tort theories discussed elsewhere, is based upon proving that the defendant failed to use ordinary care, that is,that degree of care for the protection of the person...


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