COPENHAGEN (dpa-AFX) – According to a media report, survivors and relatives of victims of the fire disaster on the North Sea ferry “Scandinavian Star” are demanding millions in damages from the Danish shipping authority. In September, more than three decades after the accident that killed 159 people, a legal investigation commissioned by the Danish Economy Ministry found that the agency should have checked the ferry’s certificates before it carried passengers for the first time. 29 survivors and relatives now want to claim a total of almost 1.8 million in damages, as their lawyer Mads Pramming told the newspaper Politiken.
The “Scandinavian Star” caught fire in the Skagerrak on the night of April 7, 1990 on its way from Oslo to Frederikshavn in northern Denmark with around 480 people on board. Investigations had shown that the fire had broken out at various points on the ferry and that it was probably arson. However, this was not finally clarified./wbj/DP/he