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Some of the deadliest ship disasters

Some of the worst civilian maritime disasters since 1980.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Some of the worst civilian maritime disasters since 1980.

March 30, 2006: Tourist ship with at least 130 aboard sinks off the coast of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf, killing dozens.

Feb. 2, 2006: Egyptian passenger ship Salaam 98, carrying an estimated 1,300 people, sinks in the Red Sea.

July 7, 2005: Overloaded ferry sinks off Indonesia's Papua province, killing about 200 people.

Nov. 25, 2003: Ferry collision on Congo's Mai-Indombe lake kills at least 182 people.

Sept. 25, 2002: Senegalese ferry capsizes in a storm off Gambia in West Africa, killing about 1,000 people.

May 3, 2002: More than 300 die when a triple-decked ferry sinks in the Meghna River in Bangladesh.

Oct. 19, 2001: 374 die, most believed to be asylum-seekers from Afghanistan and Iraq, when a refugee boat sinks en route from Indonesia to Australia.

June 29, 2000: Some 500 killed when Cahaya Bahari ferry sinks off Sulawesi, Indonesia.

Nov. 24, 1999: 282 killed when ferry sinks after catching fire off east coast of China.

Feb. 6, 1999: The Harta Rimba, a ship not licensed for passenger use, sinks in the South China Sea, killing about 325 people.

May 21, 1996: Ferry sinks in Lake Victoria in east Africa, killing at least 500 people. One estimate puts the number of dead at 800.

Jan. 19, 1996: Ferry sinks in a storm off Sumatra, Indonesia, killing about 340 people.

Sept. 28, 1994: The ferry Estonia sinks during a storm in the Baltic Sea, killing 852 people.

Aug. 20, 1994: More than 250 killed when ferry sinks in a storm on the River Meghna in Bangladesh.

Feb. 16, 1993: Overcrowded ferry sinks between Jeremie and Port-au-Prince, Haiti, estimated 500-700 dead.

Dec. 14, 1991: More than 460 passengers and crew die after a coral reef tears a hole in a ferry's side near the port of Safaga, Egypt.

Aug. 6, 1988: As many as 400 drown in India when a ferry capsizes in the Ganges River.

Dec. 20, 1987: 4,340 drown when the ferry Dona Paz collides with the tanker MT Victor in the Philippines.

March 6, 1987: 189 die when water rushes through the open bow doors of the Herald of Free Enterprise, causing the British ferry to capsize off the Belgian port of Zeebrugge.

Aug. 31, 1986: Soviet passenger ship Admiral Nakhimov collides with a merchant vessel in the Black Sea, causing both ships to sink and killing up to 448 people.

May 25, 1986: Some 600 people die when their ferry goes down in the River Meghna in southern Barisal district, Bangladesh.

Jan. 27, 1981: 580 killed when Indonesian passenger ship Tamponas II catches fire and sinks in Java sea.