case study 5: Example of marine incident simulations

Sinking of MV Estonia

Hundreds of lives were lost when a passenger RORO ferry sank in the Baltic Sea. Initially the design of the locking devices on the forward bow ramp were blamed, but the Swedish Government commissioned Brookes Bell to further investigate.

A forensic review of statements, diving surveys, 100s of numerical, computer and physical simulations established the loss scenario which was then successfully physically tested with an experiment witnessed by hundreds of involved parties.

This demonstrates how vital expert forensic reviews of casualties and simulations can help prevent future incidents and can lead to safer marine design and software solutions for ships and superyachts.