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Major ship accidents over the past two decades
Publication Date : 17-04-2014
Oct 3, 2013
An unnamed ship carrying about 500 African migrants - primarily from Eritrea, Somalia, and Ghana - catches fire off the coast of Lampedusa, Italy. Among the passengers and crew, 155 are rescued, with 359 confirmed dead.
Feb 2, 2012
MV Rabaul Queen, owned by Papua New Guinea, capsizes in the Solomon Sea, killing 321 people.
Sept 10, 2011
Spice Islander I, a passenger ferry carrying at least 800 people, sinks off the coast of the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. More than 200 bodies are found, but the death toll is estimated to be much higher.
June 21, 2008
The ferry MV Princess of the Stars capsizes and sinks in Typhoon Fengshen off the coast of San Fernando in the central Philippines, killing 690 people.
Feb 3, 2006
The passenger ferry Al Salam Boccaccio 98 sinks in the Red Sea en route from Duba, Saudi Arabia, to Safaga in southern Egypt. Of the ship complement of 1,312 passengers and 96 crew, only 388 people survive.
Sept 26, 2002
The ferry Joola from Senegal capsizes off the coast of Gambia, with the loss of more than 1,800 passengers.
Sept 28, 1994
The cruise ferry ship MS Estonia sinks in the Baltic Sea en route from Tallinn, Estonia, to Stockholm, Sweden, claiming 852 lives.
Feb 17, 1993
About 900 people drown when a passenger ferry, the Neptune, overturns near Port-au-Prince, Haiti.