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Goodbye Norman, the ship’s last journey

the Norman Atlantic is leaving Bari

Bye bye Norman Atlantic, and goodbye also to the crime scene and possible expertise supplements in the running criminal trial; the judge of preliminary investigations, in fact, after 4 and a half years of seizure, allowed the release (a week before the trial started) from seizure of the ro/pax ferry that caught fire the night between 27 and 28 December 2014; the last journey of the Norman Atlantic, who left the port of Bari with the help of the tugboat “Ionion Pelagos”, flying the flag of the Comoros Islands, sailing from quay n. 30 where it was moored, will take the ship, in navigation on a trailer transfer, to the Turkish port of Aliaga, destined for demolition in a local shipyard. A journey lasting about 6 days.


Bye bye Norman Atlantic, e arrivederci anche alla scena del crimine e possibili supplementi di perizia nel processo penale in corso; il giudice delle indagini preliminari, infatti, dopo 4 anni e mezzo di sequestro, ha consentito (una settimana prima dell’inizio del processo) il dissequestro del traghetto ro/pax che prese fuoco la notte tra il 27 e il 28 dicembre 2014; l’ultimo viaggio della Norman Atlantic, che ha abbandonato il porto di Bari con l’ausilio del rimorchiatore “Ionion Pelagos”, battente bandiera delle Isole Comore, salpando dalla banchina n. 30 dove era ormeggiata, porterà la nave, in navigazione di trasferimento a rimorchio, verso il porto turco di Aliaga, destinata alla demolizione in un cantiere nautico del posto. Un viaggio della durata di circa 6 giorni.

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Seconda udienza preliminare 21.05.2019 – ammesse tutte le parti civili nel processo Norman Atlantic

TGR 21 maggio 2019 – Norman Atlantic, parenti vittime e sopravvissuti ammessi al processo penale

Dear Clients, on Tuesday May 21 2019 the second preliminary hearing of the criminal trial on the Norman Atlantic disaster was held in the Bitonto bunker hearingroom.

Let’s start by saying that ALL our clients were admitted as a civil party, and that this important result was by no means obvious or automatic or simple to obtain.

In fact, in the time from the previous hearing, in which we filed our request for the appearance in court, and this last hearing, the judge had assigned to the defendants an intermediate term for the filing of written memoirs with which to illustrate their exceptions and objections to the request to enter the process by passengers and family members, but also organizations and associations. Well, we can say that surely the lawyers (of Anek above all), have not been spared at all (and it must be said that they could also have done it with greater esteem and respect for the victims, as for example Costa Crociere did in the process on the sinking of the Concordia, which raised formal exceptions only against the cities and associations but not also about the constitution of a civil part of the passengers), but on the contrary they have once again (as in the civil trial) put into play every possible and imaginable procedural question, constraint of national and community legislation and of captious exception to try to prevent at any cost the request of the victims to participate in the criminal trial as parties in all aspects, and not only as spectators. Constituting as a civil party, in fact, allows the injured party from a committed crime, in addition to making a request to the judge for compensation on their damage suffered in relation to such conduct, but also play an important role as a private prosecution alongside the public one, exercised by the public prosecutor’s office, in the common search for truth and justice through the conviction of all those responsible for the disaster. Needless to say, the army of defendants’ lawyers would have preferred to have the trial without our unfriendly presence in the courtroom, and already the first heated controversy took place in the courtroom among lawyers, in a clearly nervousness due to the gravity of the charges, on one side, and the delicacy of the positions and the compensatory values ​​requested on behalf of the clients, on the other.

In their memoirs and subsequent discussion in the hearing room, the defenders of the Greek shipowner, but not only them, tried to enforce the rules of Reg. (EC) 392/2009 in the criminal trial which, as you now by know, provides (art 16, point 3 of the Athens Convention) a two-year preclusional term, which led us prudently to initiate a civil lawsuit in Bari in December 2016, thus claiming, in a very insidious way, that today it would not be possible for us to validly transfer the compensation action from the civil to the criminal trial, due to some alleged forfeiture and other (alleged) defects matured during the civil trial. Nevertheless the defendants’ defenses claimed that the nature and legitimacy of the requests was not adequately demonstrated and documented.

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Seizure of trucks close to an end -dissequestro dei TIR vicino

The end of the seizure for 26 trucks, cargo and commercial vehicles escaped from the flames but blocked in Bari for over a year in the Norman Atlantic lower deck, and then after the unloading last week, immediately placed under seizure for the debts (about 2 million euro) unpaid by Visemar (owner of the ship) to the maritime rescue company (the Fratelli Barretta of Brindisi), is near, after a legal dispute between the carrier and the maritime rescue company. A settlement agreement between the parties has just been found, and then decays the reason that led to the seizure of all that was transported in the garage of the ship, including trucks, which at this point can be freed and returned to their rightful owners, mainly greek.

UPDATE 13.04.2016: the lawyers representing the tug boat company have informed that they renounced the seizure after a signed agreement with the Greek company Anek, charterer of the ferry.


Il dissequestro dei 26 TIR e veicoli industriali scampati alle fiamme ma bloccati per oltre un anno nei garage del Norman Atlantic, e poi dopo lo sbarco nelle settimane scorse, posti sotto sequestro conservativo a Bari per i debiti (circa due milioni di euro) non pagati da Visemar (proprietaria della nave) alla società di salvataggio marittimo (la Fratelli Barretta di Brindisi), è vicino, dopo una vertenza giudiziaria tra il vettore e la società di salvataggio marittimo. Un accordo transattivo fra le parti è appena stato trovato, e quindi decade il motivo che aveva portato al sequestro conservativo di tutto ciò che era trasportato nei garage della nave, compresi i camion, che a questo punto possono essere liberati e restituiti ai legittimi proprietari, in gran parte greci.

AGGIORNAMENTO 13.04.2016: i legali della società di traghettatori hanno fatto sapere di aver rinunciato agli effetti del sequestro dopo un accordo sottoscritto con la società greca Anek, noleggiatrice del traghetto.

Unloading of vehicles – Operazioni di smassamento

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Alessandra Guarini of our pool “Justice for Norman Atlantic” attended the meeting held at the offices of the Port Authorities of Bari on January 7, also representing lawyers Cesare Bulgheroni and Massimiliano Gabrielli, supported by our consultant Antonio Scamardella, naval Engineer  and professor of the University of Naples.

At that meeting it was discussed and decided how to conduct the operations of ‘smassamento’ ie clearing the carcasses of cars and trucks still on board the Norman Atlantic. The operations started on January 8 and will continue unabated until the emptying of the bridges from bridge 3 to continue with the upper decks while the operations to empty bridge 2, not affected by the fire, will start after the Judge will decide how to proceed. The first operations are expected – perhaps optimistically – to last in about five weeks. As established at the meeting of 7 January the procedures to empty the NA will take place as follows: the first who will start to go on board will be the forensic experts, who will examine each vehicle before authorizing the landing in order to check for any human remains. Then it will be the turn of the recovery engineers who will proceed with the operations to land the vehicles on board: such vehicles once landed will be left in an area adjacent to the quay of the port where it is moored Norman Atlantic and will be inspected by experts and consultants to verify the damage assessment. After this operations the vehicles will be handed over to a company contracted by Anek and transferred to a storage facility where they will remain available to owners for 60 days. After this deadline they will be scrapped.

We have already adviced Anek about the fate of the vehicles in its custody in which we intimate Anek itself to avoid in any way to dispose or otherwise manage the landed vehicles before they were eventually controlled by us if our Clients will intend to check them.

From the point of view of the course of the criminal investigations we asked to get a copy of the loading document and of the other documentation recovered so far in order to assess the structure of the ship, the loading platform during the departure and the regularity of the certifications . We believe that such documents could help us to understand and they would be used to prove the criminal liability of the shipowner as really serious  so that as a consequence it would allow us to demand compensation for damages exceeding the limits set by the Athens Convention.

Waiting to inform you of further developments in the meantime we invite all our Clients interested in checking the conditions of their cars and their contents to urgently contact us so we can organize the control over them after landing.


L’ Avv. Guarini del pool ‘Giustizia per il Norman Atlantic’ ha partecipato alla riunione tenutasi presso gli uffici della Capitaneria di porto di Bari il 7 gennaio anche  in rappresentanza degli avvocati Cesare Bulgheroni e Massimiliano Gabrielli,  affiancata dal nostro consulente Ingegner Antonio Scamardella dell’Università di Napoli.

In tale riunione si sono discusse le modalità delle operazioni di ‘smassamento’ cioè di sgombero delle carcasse delle auto e dei camion ancora a bordo del Norman Atlantic: le operazioni sono iniziate l’8 gennaio e proseguiranno senza sosta sino allo svuotamento dei ponti a partire dal ponte 3 per proseguire con quelli superiori mentre per il ponte 2, non interessato dall’incendio, occorrerà attendere le decisioni del Giudice. Per le prime operazioni si prevede forse ottimisticamente che ci vorranno circa 5 settimane. Secondo quanto stabilito alla riunione del 7 gennaio le procedure di smassamento si svolgeranno con le seguenti modalità: i primi a salire saranno gli esperti della polizia scientifica, che provvederanno ad esaminare ogni singolo mezzo prima di autorizzarne lo sbarco al fine di  verificare la presenza di eventuali resti umani. Poi saliranno gli addetti al recupero dei mezzi, che una volta sbarcati saranno lasciati in una zona adiacente alla banchina del porto dove é ormeggiato il Norman Atlantic e potranno essere ispezionati dai periti e dai consulenti di parte per la valutazione dei danni. Esaurita questa immediata verifica  i mezzi sbarcati verranno consegnati ad una ditta incaricata da Anek e trasferiti in un deposito di stoccaggio ove rimarranno a disposizione dei proprietari per 60 giorni. Trascorso tale termine saranno rottamati.

Abbiamo già predisposto una diffida ad Anek circa la sorte dei mezzi che ha in custodia e che non potranno in alcun modo essere smaltiti o in altro modo gestiti prima che siano stati da noi eventualmente controllati e periziati ove i nostri assistiti intendano così procedere al riguardo.

Dal punto di vista del corso delle indagini in vista del processo abbiamo chiesto di avere  una copia del piano di carico e della documentazione relativa recuperata sino ad ora al fine di valutare la struttura della nave, il piano di carico alla partenza e la regolarità delle certificazioni. Riteniamo infatti che possano così essere individuati elementi probatori riguardo alla responsabilità penale dell’armatore che ove risultasse grave consentirebbe di richiedere risarcimenti dei danni superiori ai limiti fissati dalla Convenzione di Atene.

In attesa di informarvi sugli ulteriori sviluppi invitiamo intanto tutti i nostri clienti interessati a verificare le condizioni delle loro autovetture e del loro contenuto a urgentemente contattarci di modo da poter organizzare il controllo su di esse dopo lo sbarco.