Nautilus officials join memorial service

Nautilus officials have taken part in a memorial service to mark the 25th anniversary of the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.

General secretary Mark Dickinson and Nautilus/ITF inspector Chris Jones were among 300 people taking part in the event at St Mary’s Church in Dover to remember the victims of the accident.

A total of 193 lives were lost when the Townsend Thoresen ferry capsized shortly after leaving the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on 6 March 1987.

‘This was a very well attended and a very moving memorial service, and our compliments go to the Sailor’s Society for arranging such a powerful tribute to those who lost their lives,' said Mr Dickinson.

‘Twenty-five years on, this awful accident still has very strong resonance with the present-day and Nautilus remains determined to ensure that all the lessons of the loss are learned and that the Herald of Free Enterprise can leave a lasting legacy for safety in the ferry sector.’


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