Skuld shelves Scandinavian Star probe

Skuld has halted the company's internal probe  into the marine insurer's archives in search of new evidence about the 1990 fire on board passenger ferry Scandinavian Star, CEO Ståle Hansen tells ShippingWatch.

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An investigation and review of the archives belonging to marine insurer Skuld has not turned up any new leads about the fire on board the passenger ship Scandinavian Star in 1990, which cost 158 lives, Skuld CEO Ståle Hansen informs in an email to ShippingWatch.

The investigation was triggered accusations from Skuld's then-head of shipwrecks, Erik Stein, whose new book "Fire - The Mystery of the Scandinavian Star" suggests that Skuld knew of several safety flaws on the ferry and failed to ensure that a fire and evacuation drill were performed before insuring the vessel.

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