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Parliamentary question - E-000687/2015Parliamentary question

Norman Atlantic accident

Question for written answer E-000687-15
to the Commission
Rule 130
Daniela Aiuto (EFDD) , Notis Marias (ECR) , Marco Valli (EFDD) , Fabio Massimo Castaldo (EFDD) , Ignazio Corrao (EFDD) , Rosa D'Amato (EFDD) , Laura Agea (EFDD) , Marco Affronte (EFDD) , Piernicola Pedicini (EFDD) , Tiziana Beghin (EFDD) , Marco Zanni (EFDD) , Dario Tamburrano (EFDD)

On 29 December 2014 the Norman Atlantic ferry (IMO: 9435466) suffered a big fire as a result of which 13 people have died and several more are missing or injured. Two people died during rescue operations after a rope broke. A port state control inspection carried out by Paris MoU (an international organisation) on 19 December 2014 in Patras harbour in Greece found six different deficiencies affecting the ship, including malfunctioning fire doors, missing emergency lights and equipment, faulty lifesaving devices and inadequate documentation. Visemar (the shipowner) alleged that the worst deficiencies had been fixed.

We ask the Commission to clarify: