Our Political Correspondent, Phil Hornby, knows the Zeebrugge tragedy well - and how it unfolded. He was working in our Maidstone newsroom at the time.
He spoke to many of the grieving relatives back then. And he has returned to Dover with his memories of that awful night - to speak to the mother of the ferry's head waiter, who died trying to save as many of the stricken passengers as possible.
Video report. Services have been held to remember the dead - and the survivors - 30 years after the Zeebrugge disaster.
Survivors of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster have attended a church service in Belgium to mark the 30th anniversary of the sinking of the vessel.
They gathered with victims' relatives and rescue workers for a service in the Belgian port close to place where the Herald of Free Enterprise capsized on 6 March 1987.
The accident caused 193 deaths among the passengers and crew.
Survivors of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster have attended a church service in Belgium to mark the 30th anniversary of the vessel's sinking.Read the full story ›
Lynette Lee was one of the survivors of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster in 1987.Read the full story ›
Exactly 25 years ago today the 'Herald of Free Enterprise' ferry capsized in the Channel in one of Britain's worst peacetime disasters.Read the full story ›
It was a disaster that stunned the country. 25 years ago the Herald of Free Enterprise ferry set off from the Port of Zeebrugge, in Belgium, bound for Dover. Within minutes it had capsized and 193 lives lost. Our report starts with our news coverage at the time.
A remembrance service is to be held in Dover in Kent later to mark the 25th anniversary of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. 'The Herald of Free Enterprise' left the Belgian port of Zeebrugge on the 6th March 1987, heading for Dover with 650 passengers, but capsized in the harbour. 193 people died.
A service is taking place at St Mary's Church in Dover to remember the victims of the Zeebrugge disaster. It was Britain's worst sea disaster since the Titanic. 193 people lost their lives as a car ferry bound for Dover sank off the coast of Belgium.