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1982: Two Townsend Thoresen ferries collided off Harwich with the loss of six lives.
South Wales residents were among the 193 passengers and crew declared dead in the days following the Townsend Thoresen vessel's sinking off Zeebrugge.
Pride of Dover was the last new vessel to carry the name Townsend Thoresen, a name that was changed to P&O European Ferries after the disaster involving the Townsend Thoresen vessel, Herald of Free Enterprise, at Zeebrugge in March 1987, in which more than 190 lives were lost.
A damning inquiry found owner Townsend Thoresen, which became P&O European Ferries, was "infected with the disease of sloppiness".
It was once operated by Townsend Thoresen, who also owned the Herald Of Free Enterprise, but was built at a different yard to a different design.
A merchant seaman, he was a master with Townsend Thoresen and P & O before retiring early and taking his job with the Trust.
The Townsend Thoresen ferry European Gateway was abandoned within 30 minutes of having a 200ft gash put in her side by the Speedlink Vanguard.
A public inquiry identi-fied a "disease of sloppiness" and negligence at every level of Townsend Thoresen following the disaster.
Twenty years ago today the roll-on, roll-off Townsend Thoresen Herald of Free Enterprise turned on its side in Zeebrugge harbour, Belgium, after leaving port bound for Dover with its bow doors open.
Andrew Linington said the Al-Salam Boccaccio 98 used to be called Free Enterprise IV and was a sister ship of the Herald of Free Enterprise, the Townsend Thoresen ferry which sank off Zeebrugge in 1987, with the loss of 187 lives.
More than 190 people died when Townsend Thoresen craft the Herald of Free Enterprise toppled over.