A Tragedy in the Red Sea: Al Salam 98

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Abstract

The case tells the tragic story of Al-Salam 98 Ferry as it sailed from the Saudi port of Duba on its way to the Egyptian port of Safaga on 2nd February 2006. A fire broke out in the garage area, where the cars were being shipped from Saudi Arabia to Egypt are parked in the lower structure of the ferry. The crew, thinking that they have successfully put out the fire, open the garage doors, only to find that the fire has picked up. A series of failures on the part of the ferry Captain leads to the eventual sinking of the ferry, after a four hour ordeal during which the passengers and crew could have been saved had help been called for earlier. Further failures by the operating company’s executives result in a belated rescue operation at least 10 hours after the ferry sunk to the bottom of the Red Sea, 80 kilometers off the eastern coast of Egypt. The incident resulted in the loss of 1129 lives.

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