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Samina shipwreck officers lose licenses

The merchant marine disciplinary council has permanently revoked the professional crew licenses of the three senior officers of the Express Samina passenger ferry that sank off the island of Paros in 2000 with the loss of 80 lives. Captain Vassilis Yiannakis, First Mate Tassos Psychogios and Second Mate Yiannis Triandafyllos are also facing criminal charges issued last year against them and six other crew members, as well as Minoan Flying Dolphin officials, for multiple counts of murder with possible premeditated malice, endangering maritime transportation, endangering passengers and causing a shipwreck. The disciplinary council also revoked the crew license of First Engineer Gerasimos Skiadaresis for three years. The ferry sank in a storm after crashing into a well-marked rock formation.