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Fire emergency in Greece on Anek’s ferry΄El Venizelos’ – ΄ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΟΣ ΒΕΝΙΖΕΛΟΣ΄: ΜΙΑ ΑΚΟΜΗ ΠΥΡΚΑΓΙΑ ΞΕΣΠΑΣΕ ΣΕ ΟΧΗΜΑΤΑΓΩΓΟ ΠΛΟΙΟ ΤΩΝ ΑΝΕΚ LINES

In the night between August the 28th and the 29th 2018 the ship Eleftherios Venizelos, another ferry from Anek Lines, during its travel from Piraeus to Crete with 875 passengers and 141 crew on board, was hit by a serious fire in the garage area, so much that the Captain was forced to declare general emergency and abandonment of the ship.

The emergency operations were not easy and implied the intervent of two firefighting tug boats, ten tenders, 48 firefighters and two emergency teams, as the fire was very quickly expanding from the lower decks and heavy black smoke was inclosing the ship.

The dynamic of the new accident is similar to the disaster of the Norman Atlantic, which as this one, was operating under the flag of the Greek company ANEK: a vehicle parked on board caught fire so that from 12am the board started to send emergency signals to get help from the Coast Guard.

After we assisted dozens of passengers who suffered a devastating experience onboard of the Anek’s ferry Norman Atlantic in the nights of the 28/29 December 2014 where so many lost their life, an all others suffered for their personal safety and for the losses of their personal belongings and for which we already submitted to the Civil Court of Bari our law suit against Anek and Visemar (see our web page on such case: https://giustiziapernormanatlantic.wordpress.com/), we face another case with a fire that broke out in the car deck of a ferry.

The emergency operations on the Eleftherios Venizelos went on during all night and the ship was at the end escorted back into Piraeus and all the passengers were disambarked only during the morning of the 29 August.

Media sources report that the ship has had many problems operating so much that since 2014 it has a discontinuous use, with some short-term rentals (including one to the Greek government for the transportation of migrants from the islands) and sporadic income in service as a replace of other ships Anek stopped for repairs. This raises questions in relation to safety of the ship. These questions will be adressed by with a specific complaint we will file to authorities that have already opened an investigation to find out the causes of the fire and the reasons for the lack of containment of the flames in the garage by the drenching system, providing all the trial expert’s reports on Norman Atlantic about critical issues on fires in Ro/Ro ship’s garage open decks. Continua a leggere

Annunci

Two years from the Norman Atlantic tragedy – Due anni dalla tragedia Norman Atlantic

norman-atlantic-in-fiammeExactly two years ago, on December the 28th 2014, the NORMAN ATLANTIC ferry, property of the Italian shipowner VISEMAR and rented by the Greek company ANEK LINES, departed from Greece and directed to Ancona, caught fire in the middle of the night off the Albanian coast, and in short time went drifting off the Adriatic sea, in a storm of six meters waves and force 8 wind, with almost 500 people on board and overrun with cars, trucks and Tir carrying goods from Greece to Italy, especially olive oil, which would then fuel the flames for days. The origins of the fire are still under investigation, via a procedure of recording evidence that, as required by the Public Prosecutor of Bari, will have to verify not only the evolution of the shipping incident, but also, and above all, the possible Crew responsibilities in emergency management on board, and the companies ones for malfunctions, as it seemed clear from the start, that the latter turned the fire – started from the deck 4 of the ship, in a real holocaust for dozens of people, 10 dead and over 19 missing, imprisoning the rest of the survivors on the top and outside deck of the ship, drifting inexorably and internally devoured by flames, and to be recovered only by helicopter and transferred one by one. A difficult rescue operation because of adverse weather and sea conditions, and that, despite having involved over 20 merchant and naval ships of different nationalities and several rescue helicopters, lasted for more than two days – an infinite time for those caught between the grip of toxic smokes, flames, incandescent floors and the icy cold of the water jets – sprayed continuously by emergency ships. The very few who managed to take their seats on lifeboats or reach the floating boat dropped overboard, lived an experience of terror and horror, even worse than those who remained trapped on the burning ferry.

No fire alarm was issued, no warning from the crew, and the passengers awoke at night between coulters of smoke and panic scenes. A panic which released – in many – the worst in human race. The first to abandon ship were some of the crew, dropping quickly the only usable lifeboat, with just a third of its precious capacity of persons. During the retrieve of the passengers using the baskets lowered from helicopters, others have literally attacked the rescuers, with bites and punches, just to be saved first, others refused to leave priority to women and children. Some people threw himself into the water to escape the flames, and was quickly swallowed by the waves of the icy December sea. Some bodies of drowned victims were found after days, torn apart by evident shark bites. Nearly twenty people are missing, but the count of those missing is certainly more serious, considering the presence on board of many illegal immigrants.

In the tragedy – however – there were also scenes of altruism and heroism, as in the case of the Orthodox priest who generously helped many shipwrecked persons to climb the dangerous rope ladder thrown by the rescue ship to the lifeboat on which they stood, leaving the way to all families before falling into the sea and get lost forever; or the greek doctor, who still works in Italy, which remained on board the ferry up until the end, providing his assistance to fellow sufferers, or like some truck drivers who, at great personal risk, managed to hook the towing tugs cable to the Norman Atlantic.

A horror lived in long and intense measure, in extreme psychophysical and weather conditions, which left indelible marks inside all people escaped from death, diagnosed in terms of “post-traumatic stress disorder“, studied for the first time in World War I and Vietnam veterans, and then ascertained as a psychological pathology, typical of disaster survivors, as in the case of the collapse of the twin towers.

After two years we are still waiting for the closing stage of the preliminary investigation by the magistracy and experts appointed by the Criminal Court of Bari. A report that will hopefully shed some light on the many shadows that since the beginning we have emphasized, with regard to ship-owners, the carrier, crew, those who certified the ship but also – and above all – in the maritime great transportation system, where the law of profit – too often – seems to prevail over the safety rules and accident prevention.

Avv. Massimiliano Gabrielli a bordo del norman atlanticOur team “Giustizia per Norman Atlantic” has represented so far about fifty people whose lives were devastated in various ways in the shipping incident, as passengers or as family members of victims or missing. Since the early days we were involved because of our experience in maritime disasters such as the sinking of the “Concordia” and “Jolly Nero“, and directly in the forefront we have provided (in person) assistance for immediate needs and to return home several families, support in the investigations on the DNA for the possible identification of missing persons, aid for the recover of the vehicles following the withdrawal of the vessel seizure (a year and a half after the accident), and then starting – on one hand – filing about 50 complaints and an intense work of investigations in the criminal proceedings – through our consultants and accessing the ship, and – on the other side – opening the negotiations with Anek & Visemar lawyers, in order to achieve a fair and honorable compensation in favor of our clients. Continua a leggere

Costa Concordia case and Norman Atlantic

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

As known, the ruling on appeal in criminal proceedings about the sinking of Costa Concordia ship, has recently upheld the conviction of captain Francesco Schettino to 16 years in prison. Our legal team has participated in this criminal trial since the beginning, representing, as “Giustizia per la Concordia” the interests of circa a hundred passengers and one of the victims, through a civil request  of compensation filed in the criminal case, running in the court of Grosseto in first degree, and in front of the Court of appeal of Florence then.

Our work, however, it was also and above focused towards establishing facts, detection of truth and identification of ALL responsibilities that, over those undeniable, objective and subjective, of the Captain, have prepared the ground to realize the tragedy, and in particular those of the shipping company because of the many failures, the crew unpreparedness, lack of immediate demand of tugboats and criminal management of the emergency, all widely linked to a consolidated savings policy by Costa Crociere, and more generally from all the shipping companies of big ships.

In the first degree instance, our clients, which – differently many others passengers, did not accept the company offer (€ 11.000,00, giving up any further claims and rights), obtained the conviction for a provisional compensation payment by Costa Cruises, variable between 30 thousand and 50 thousand euro for each passenger. In Appeal the payment due has been increased of about 15 thousand euro, raising the provisionals in a range from 45.000,00 to 65.000,00 euro for each passenger. Up to six times the original offer , as accepted by most passengers!

About punitive damages, the case will proceed in Supreme Court, as recently in our country, we faced many openings to this important side effect of a conviction, in presence of gross negligence.

We can not but emphasize that the compensation ruling on the Concordia case, and the positive results obtained in that criminal trial, can ad will reflect also directly on the Norman Atlantic case, as the winding parameters of the damage used by the courts, took into account the existence of psychological harm, in terms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), resulting from the participation of our clients to a traumatic experience that left indelible marks in their lives.

Knowing in detail the personal story lived on board of the Norman Atlantic by all of our clients that we assist in this other major naval disaster, we can state without a doubt, that their experience on board of the ferry on fire has been extremely stronger than the one lived aboard of the Concordia, both in terms of duration (up to two days) that of the physical and psychological intensity (exposure to extreme conditions, intoxication from fumes, no assistance on board etc.) and finally major financial losses in the event for the loss of all goods and personal effects, destruction of vehicles and transports etc.

It is worth noting that insurers of both vessels are in fact the same subjects, (P&I club, referring to a joint consortium of shipping companies), and then all damages paid in favor of the Concordia passengers are an objective parameter that must be taken into consideration both at the time of further negotiations in the case of Norman Atlantic, and also in the case of a winding-up on the outcome of the criminal trial, in course of establishment in Bari.

In NA criminal proceedings, the Public Prosecutor office of Bari is finalizing the unloading and disposal of all destroyed vehicles by the outside decks of the ship, and experts are concluding their investigations, aimed at identifying the causes of the fire, the propagation mode of management emergency.

So we trust that soon there will be an acceleration in both the criminal proceedings in the possible negotiations in the accident of Norman Atlantic, which remains one of the largest in recent years in the Mediterranean.

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Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Costa Concordia and punitive damages

Come noto la sentenza di appello nel processo penale sul naufragio della Costa Concordia ha recentemente confermato la condanna del comandante Francesco Schettino a 16 anni di reclusione. Il nostro team legale ha partecipato sia dall’inizio a questo processo, rappresentando gli interessi di un centinaio di passeggeri e di una delle vittime, attraverso la costituzione di parte civile e la richiesta di una liquidazione risarcitorio già in sede penale da parte del tribunale di Grosseto prima, e della Corte d’appello di Firenze poi.Il nostro lavoro, però, si è incentrato anche e sopratutto in direzione dell’accertamento dei fatti, dell’accertamento della verità e della individuazione di TUTTE le responsabilità che, oltre quelle innegabili, oggettive e soggettive, del Comandante, hanno preparato il terreno al realizzi della tragedia, ed in particolare quelle della compagnia di navigazione per via dei tanti malfunzionamenti, della impreparazione dell’equipaggio, della mancata richiesta immediata dei rimorchiatori e della criminale gestione della emergenza, il tutto diffusamente legato ad una consolidata politica di risparmio da parte di Costa Crociere, e più in generale delle compagnie di navigazione delle grandi navi.

In primo grado i nostri clienti, che non hanno accettato la offerta di pagamento della società di 11mila euro (accettando la quale in moltissimi altri passeggeri, invece, hanno purtroppo rinunciato ad ogni ulteriore pretesa e diritto) hanno ottenuto la condanna di Costa Crociere al pagamento di una provvisionale sui risarcimenti, variabile tra 30mila e 50 mila euro per ciascun passeggero. In Appello tutti i risarcimenti sono stati aumentati di circa 15 mila euro, portando le provvisionali dai 45mila a 65 mila euro per ciascun passeggero. Fino a sei volte la offerta originaria, accettata dalla maggior parte degli altri passeggeri!

Riguardo ai danni punitivi, proseguiamo in Cassazione, visto che nel nostro paese si sono avuti molti riconoscimenti di questa particolare forma di condanna in presenza di colpa grave, e che le Sezioni Unite sono state recentemente chiamate a pronunciarsi al riguardo.

 Al riguardo non possiamo non evidenziare che la sentenza sulla Concordia ed i positivi risultati ottenuti nel processo penale non può che riflettersi anche sul caso del Norman Atlantic, in quanto i parametri di liquidazione del danno da parte dei giudici, hanno tenuto conto sostanzialmente della sussistenza di un danno psicologico, in termini di disturbo da stress post traumatico (ptsd), derivante dalla partecipazione dei nostri clienti ad una esperienza traumatica che ha lasciato segni indelebili nella loro vita.

Conoscendo nel dettaglio la storia personale vissuta a bordo del Norman Atlantic da parte dei tanti clienti che assistiamo anche in questo disastro navale, siamo in grado di affermare senza ombra di dubbio che la loro esperienza a bordo del traghetto in fiamme è stata estremamente più forte di quella vissuta a bordo della Concordia, sia in termini di durata (fino a due giorni) che di intensità fisica e psicologica (esposizione a condizioni psicofisiche estreme, intossicazione dai fumi, mancata assistenza a bordo etc.) ed infine maggiori danni patrimoniali in caso di perdita di tutti i beni ed effetti personali, distruzione degli automezzi e trasporti etc.

Vale la pena evidenziare che gli assicuratori di entrambe le navi sono di fatto gli stessi, riferibili ad un consorzio solidale tra compagnie di navigazione, e quindi i danni liquidati in favore dei passeggeri della Concordia costituiscono un parametro che dovrà essere preso in considerazione tanto in sede di ulteriori trattative per il caso del Norman Atlantic, che nel caso di una liquidazione ad esito del processo penale in corso di instaurazione a Bari.

 Nel procedimento penale, la Procura di Bari sta tuttora ultimando allo scarico e smaltimento degli automezzi distrutti dai ponti esterni della nave, ed i periti stanno concludendo le loro attività di indagine, volte alla individuazione delle cause dell’incendio, modalità di propagazione di gestione della emergenza.

 Confidiamo quindi che a breve ci sarà una accelerazione sia nel procedimento penale che nelle possibili trattative nell’incidente del Norman Atlantic, che resta uno dei più gravi degli ultimi anni nel mediterraneo.

Cars from Deck 2 seems NOT RECOVERABLE

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Here are the cars as landed today 04/20/2016 from deck 2 of the Norman Atlantic: while the heavy trucks came out virtually unscathed from the lowest deck 1, the cars are reduced to a heap of blackened metal sheets, stained glass, plastic affected by heat, completely mildewed upholstery and interior soaked beyond repair of smoke, dioxins and mildew.

Unfortunately, the expectations of many passengers and our clients to recover their belongings and objects – even if only of sentimental value, seems to be irretrievably lost and gone up in smoke together with the ship. At a first sight, everything that was in the cars and in the trunks is moldy and smoked trash.

Tomorrow they will complete the unloading of all vehicles and storage of the cars in a warehouse, in order to permit assessment of the owners and Anek on the recoverability of the cars. All cars pulled off by the ship today, in our opinion, is no recoverable under normal conditions, since the mold and the smell of dioxin is so strong that no one can enter the car without protective masks.

In the coming days we will update our clients via personal email on the outside condition of each car stored in the warehouse and on the evaluation and Anek and our expert on the recoverability of the cars and of the personal belongings.

NOTE THAT it will also be possible to transfer cars in Greece in order to collect the vehicles directly to the destination port.


Ecco le autovetture sbarcate oggi 20.04.2016 dal ponte 2 della Norman Atlantic: mentre i TIR sono usciti praticamente indenni dal ponte più basso, le auto sono ridotte ad un ammasso di lamiere annerite, vetri macchiati, plastica intaccata dal calore, tappezzeria completamente ammuffita e interni intrisi in modo irrimediabile di fumi, diossina e muffa.

Putroppo le aspettative dei tanti passeggeri e nostri clienti di recuperare i propri effetti personali e oggetti anche se di valore solo affettivo, pare essere irrimediabilmente perduta ed andata in fumo assieme alla nave. Praticamente tutto quanto era nelle auto e nei portabagagli è ammuffito e affumicato.

Domani si porteranno a termine le operazioni di scarico delle vetture e stoccaggio in un magazzino, al fine di consentire la valutazione da parte dei proprietari e di Anek sulla recuperabilità o meno delle vetture. Di tutte le vetture tirate fuori dalla nave oggi, a nostro giudizio, nessuna è recuperabile a condizioni normali, essendo la muffa e l’odore di diossina talmente forte da non poter entrare nelle auto senza le maschere di protezione.

Nei prossimi giorni aggiorneremo i nostri clienti tramite mail personale sulle condizione delle singole autovetture depositate nel magazzino e sulla valutazione di Anek e del nostro corrispondente sulla recuperabilità o meno delle vetture e del contenuto.

NOTA BENE sarà possibile anche trasferire le autovetture in Grecia per consentire il ritiro direttamente al porto di destinazione

Unloading vehicles deck 1-2 – sbarco dei mezzi ponte 1-2

The italian authorities have authorized unloading of vehicles from decks n. 1 and n. 2 of the Norman Atlantic: those in charge in the operations have raised the ramps to access bridges n. 1 and n. 2 and over this week will be prepared suitable lighting to ensure safe access to decks and the inspection by Harbour Master / Experts of the Court.

The program is to unload firstly the trucks by bridge n.1 (less affected by heat and flame) and today the first heavy trucks came out – after more than one year – from the cargo hold; As long as the lifting of the ramps goes smoothly and that it is guaranteed safe access, it is expected to unload all trucks in the week between 4 and 8 April, and then unload the vehicles on bridge #2 in the week between 11 and 15 April.

Further details will follow regarding the carry out of operations. Vehicle owners will have to provide the keys in order to unload vehicles from the ship. It has been planned to park the vehicles in a proper site, pending further agreements with the owners for their possible recovery and an inspection on general conditions of vehicles and personal belongings inside of it, as, even where not destroyed by the flames, have being exposed to extreme conditions during and immediately after the fire, and then closed in unhealthy environments for months.

We therefore ask our clients wich had a vehicle along with them, to provide us by express delivery with the keys of the vehicles and a copy of the registration certificate, by sending all to: Agenzia Legale -Viale Aldo Moro n. 11 / n – 00054 Fiumicino (Rome) Italy


 

Le autorità Italiane hanno autorizzato lo sbarco dei veicoli dai ponti n. 1 e n. 2: gli incaricati alle operazioni di smassamento della M/n Norman Atlantic hanno sollevato le rampe per accedere ai ponti n. 1 e n. 2 e nel corso di questa settimana sarà predisposta idonea illuminazione per garantire un accesso sicuro ai ponti e l’ispezione da parte della Capitaneria di Porto/Periti del Tribunale.

Il programma è di scaricare per primi i Tir dal ponte n. 1. (quello meno interessato da fiamme e calore) ed in data odierna i primi automezzi pesanti sono usciti dopo oltre un anno dalla stiva della nave; A condizione che il sollevamento delle rampe avvenga senza problemi e che sia garantito l’accesso in sicurezza, si prevede di scaricare i camion nella settimana tra il 4 e l’8 Aprile, per poi scaricare i veicoli dal ponte n. 2 nella settimana tra l’11 e il 15 Aprile.

I successivi dettagli seguiranno con riguardo allo svolgimento delle operazioni. I proprietari dei veicoli dovranno fornire le chiavi al fine di scaricare i veicoli dalla nave. È stato previsto di parcheggiare i veicoli in luogo a ciò individuato in attesa di ulteriori accordi con i proprietari per il loro recupero e una valutazione sulle condizioni dei mezzi e degli effetti personali al loro interno, che anche ove non distrutti dalle fiamme sono stati esposti a condizioni estreme durante e subito dopo l’incendio, e poi chiusi in ambienti malsani per mesi.

Chiediamo pertanto ai ns. clienti che avevano un veicolo al loro seguito di fornirci tramite corriere espresso le chiavi degli automezzi e copia della carta di circolazione, inviando tutto ad Agenzia Legale -Viale Aldo Moro n. 11/n – 00054 Fiumicino (Rome) Italy

Norman Atlantic – finished unloading from deck 3 – Terminato lo sbarco mezzi ponte 3

IMG_1034It’s been completed the sorting and unloading of the burned vehicles from deck 3 of the ship Norman Atlantic, docked in the port of Bari and destroyed by fire in 12/28/2014, causing the death of 11 people and 18 missing, for all causes yet to be ascertained. All passenger cars and trucks, extracted with great difficulty from the company contracted by the Public Prosecutor’s office in Bari under the direction of experts and scientific police and with the participation of our consultant Prof. Ing. Antonio Scamardella, were totally devastated by fire and high temperatures and reduced to a shapeless mass of metal, so it was carried out disposal and scrapping of vehicles.

The “sterile” area, released from vehicles – was immediately interdicted in order to allow the court experts to further investigate the causes and modes of fire development. It does not appear to be any biological specimen found, belonging to someone of the many dispersed.

The operations on the remaining bridges are therefore suspended and will continue after these scientific findings, until full unloading of the ship.

Our legal team has already from the beginning notified to Anek the full list of clients embarked with their cars, in order to allow verification and possible recovery of the vehicles and especially of their belongings and personal property, in some cases all they had, contained inside the vehicles.


IMG_7003Sono state portate a termine le operazioni di smassamento e scarico degli automezzi incendiati dal ponte 3 della nave Norman Atlantic, ormeggiata nel porto di Bari e distrutta dall’incendio del 28.12.2014, provocando la morte di 11 persone e 18 dispersi, per cause tutte ancora da accertare. Tutte le autovetture e gli autotreni, estratti con molte difficoltà dalla ditta incaricata dalla Procura di Bari sotto la direzione dei periti e della polizia scientifica e con la partecipazione del nostro consulente Prof. Ing. Antonio Scamardella, risultavano totalmente devastate dal fuoco e dalle temperature altissime, e ridotte ad una massa informe di lamiere, quindi si è proceduto allo smaltimento e rottamazione dei veicoli.

L’area “sterile”, liberata dagli automezzi – è stata immediatamente interdetta al fine di consentire ai periti del Tribunale di approfondire le indagini sulle cause e modalità di sviluppo dell’incendio. Non risulta essere stato rinvenuto alcun reperto biologico appartenente a qualcuno dei molti dispersi. Le operazioni sui restanti ponti sono quindi sospese e proseguiranno dopo questi accertamenti scientifici, fino al completo smassamento della nave.

Il nostro team di legali ha già da inizio comunicato ai responsabili di Anek l’elenco completo dei clienti che si erano imbarcati con le proprie auto, al fine di consentire la verifica e possibile recupero dei mezzi e sopratutto dei loro effetti e beni personali, in alcuni casi tutto quello che avevano, contenuti all’interno dei veicoli.

 

UNLOADING OF THE NORMAN ATLANTIC – SBARCO DEI MEZZI

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Approaching the anniversary of ONE YEAR FROM FIRE OF NORMAN ATLANTIC, exploded Dec. 28, 2014, took place on Oct. 21, 2015 in Bari the meeting at the offices of the Harbour – just across the helpless wreck still moored in port, set by experts appointed by the examining magistrate within of recording evidence in course, in order to plan operations of “UNLOADING” the ship. Present for  our team the lawyer Domenico Chirulli and our consultant, Ing. Antonio Scamardella. The meeting served to illustrate and develop – finally! – the landing plan of the vehicles on board the wreck, an operation that will be implemented by a company specifically empowered by the judge as likely from next month. The only company to participate in the bidding won the job, and operations costs will fall on the Italian citizens, given the lack of agreement between Anek and Visemar in sharing the costs of recovery of vehicles and emptying the ship.

First will be drafted a security plan to protect the safety of those who will have to physically go to empty the bridges, even those completely burned and partially collapsed on one another, and take stock of all that therein is loaded and cluttered. The operations will be conducted in the presence of the forensic team who will ensure findings of the case and the possible – but highly likely – recovery of human remains, in addition to report in some areas (eg DGE room, safety room and bridge, trigger area fire, etc.) of specific evidence that can be used in criminal proceedings.

These operations will require several months for the deducible complexity of operations, made particularly complex in the bridges completely devastated by fire. Clearly it is not possible to know right now how many and which will be cars and trucks that, while not drawn and destroyed by fire, are still considered recoverable with normal functioning; In fact, both the exposure to high temperatures to intense smoke, may have irreparably damaged the electrical and electronic elements of the vehicles, as well as rendered useless all that was contained in a container transported by trucks or inside the car, such as bags, suitcases and personal effects of the passengers, which in some cases were even moving from country to country, bringing with them all their possessions. In addition, the prolonged stay of the vehicles in the inside decks, closed for months as in an oven under the Apulia sun, has actually contributed to the deterioration of everything – on the occasion of our visit on board – we got to see: from the bridge three up on the outside deck it’s all pretty much rusted and macerated.

As for the profile of the compensation for the value of vehicles, trucks and loads, this stage of unloading will be crucial, because Anek, Visemar and their insurers, said that – for them – at the moment all the vehicles that are not destroyed are virtually recoverable, and so you can not evaluate a claim for damages until they could examine their state of conservation. No mention about the year passed by with these vehicles and goods have been closed in the belly of their ship, and that the holders thereof have not been able to legitimately to use it, but we believe that this should be a further, and in some cases as for the goods transports with heavy vehicles – also of considerable economic importance.

Will continue, however, to Pisa on 6 November operations analysis give yourself retrieved from the VDR black box. This part of activities will be instrumental in the reconstruction of both the cause of the fire either of individual responsibilities of the suspects at various stages of the incident, including ship owners!

Of particular interest to us is – besides of course the causes and responsibilities for the development of the fire – the reconstruction of emergency management, and particularly the reasons for the choice of the Italian rescue ships and tug boats, a choice that has compounded the timing and conditions of the passengers, remained for days waiting to be rescued.


150507710-118e363f-b239-433d-a977-4a35de312779Avvicinandoci alla ricorrenza di UN ANNO DALL’INCENDIO DEL NORMAN ATLANTIC, esploso il 28 dicembre 2014, si è svolta il 21 ottobre 2015 a Bari la riunione presso gli Uffici della Capitaneria di Porto – proprio di fronte al relitto ancora ormeggiato inerme in porto, fissata dai periti nominati dal GIP in ambito dell’incidente probatorio in corso, al fine di programmare le operazioni di “smassamento” della nave.

Presenti per il ns. team l’Avv. Domenico Chirulli e il nostro consulente, Ing. Antonio Scamardella. La riunione è servita per illustrare e mettere a punto – finalmente! – il piano di sbarco degli automezzi a bordo del relitto, operazione che sarà attuata da una ditta appositamente incaricata dal Giudice a partire verosimilmente dal prossimo meseL’unica ditta a partecipare alla gara si è aggiudicata la gara, ed i costi delle operazioni ricadranno sui cittadini italiani, stante il mancato accordo tra Anek e Visemar nella ripartizione delle spese di recupero e svuotamento.

Prima dovrà essere redatto un piano di sicurezza per preservare l’incolumità fisica di chi materialmente dovrà procedere a vuotare i ponti, anche quelli completamente bruciati e parzialmente collassati uno sull’altro, e inventariare tutto ciò che ivi è stato caricato e stipato.

Le operazioni saranno svolte alla presenza della Polizia Scientifica che provvederà ai rilievi del caso ed all’eventuale – ma altamente probabile – recupero di resti umani, oltre alla repertazione in alcune aree (es stanza DGE, safety room e ponte di comando, area di innesco dell’incendio, etc.) di specifici elementi di prova utilizzabili nel processo penale.

Queste operazioni richiederanno diversi mesi, per le intuibili complessità delle operazioni, rese particolarmente complesse nei ponti completamente devastati dall’incendio. Chiaramente non è possibile sapere sin d’ora quali e quante saranno le autovetture ed i mezzi pesanti che, pur non attinti e distrutti dal fuoco, siano tuttora considerati recuperabili con normale funzionalità; infatti sia la esposizione ad alte temperature che al fumo intenso, potrebbe aver danneggiato irreparabilmente l’impianto elettrico e gli elementi elettronici dei veicoli, oltre che reso inservibile tutto ciò che era contenuto nei container trasportati dai TIR od all’interno delle auto, come borse, valige ed effetti personali dei passeggeri, i quali in alcuni casi si stavano addirittura trasferendo da un paese all’altro, portando quindi con se tutti i loro beni. Inoltre la prolungata permanenza dei mezzi nei ponti chiusi per mesi come in un forno sotto il sole pugliese ha di fatto contribuito a deteriorare tutto quello che – in occasione del ns sopralluogo a bordo – siamo riusciti a vedere: dal ponte tre fino su al ponte esterno è tutto praticamente arrugginito e macerato.

Per quanto al profilo del risarcimento del valore dei veicoli, dei TIR e del loro carico, la fase di smassamento sarà determinante, poiché Anek, Visemar e i loro assicuratori, hanno dichiarato che – per loro – tutti i mezzi che non risultano distrutti sono virtualmente recuperabili, e quindi non si può valutare un risarcimento del danno finché non si potrà esaminare le loro condizioni di conservazione. Sul fatto che per un anno quei mezzi siano stati chiusi nella pancia della loro nave, e che i titolari degli stessi non ne abbiano potuto fare legittimamente uso nessun accenno, ma noi riteniamo che questa debba essere una ulteriore, ed in alcuni casi come per i trasporti merce con veicoli pesanti – anche di considerevole peso economico.

Proseguiranno, invece, a Pisa il 6 novembre prossimo le operazioni di analisi dei datti recuperati dal VDR. Questa parte di attività sarà determinante nella ricostruzione sia della cause dell’incendio sia delle responsabilità individuali degli indagati nelle varie fasi dell’incidente, armatori compresi!

Di particolare interesse per noi è – oltre ovviamente alle cause e responsabilità per lo sviluppo dell’incendio – la ricostruzione della gestione dell’emergenza, e soprattutto delle ragioni della scelta dei soccorritori italiani, scelta che ha aggravato i tempi e le condizioni dei passeggeri, rimasti per giorni in  attesa di essere tratti in salvo.