Valued Exposure: Herald of Free Enterprise

Herald of Free Enterprise capsized.

The Herald of Free Enterprise was bound for the Port of Dover on 6 March 1987 when it capsized at Zeebrugge harbour in Belgium, killing 193 people. A coroner's inquest jury into the capsizing of the Herald of Free Enterprise returned verdicts of unlawful killing. The tragedy led to new safety regulations in the British ferry industry. With the sinking of the Estonia for similar reasons in 1994 and the deaths of 850 people, new rules in international ferry safety were introduced in 1999.

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