Italy is known for a great many things – good food, fashion, culture, and… maritime accidents? Since the Costa Concordia crashed off the coast of Giglio last year on Jan. 13, the cruise industry just hasn’t been the same, especially in Italy. The Concordia, which ran aground after its captain decided to change course to perform a “salute,” still remains at its watery grave, serving as a testament to the dangers of the open waters and what can happen when crew members fail to follow safe procedures. But as the country struggles to move past the terrible Concordia cruise ship accident, another tragic maritime incident has taken place, this time claiming the lives of seven people.
According to reports in Italy, the Jolly Nero, a 787-foot-long container ship, crashed into a control tower at the port of Genoa late Tuesday night, causing the structure to collapse. Rescue crews have been searching the rubble for days to find survivors and divers are inspecting the waters in the area, but so far, seven casualties have been reported, several others have been injured and two people are missing.
Much the way the Concordia’s captain, Francesco Schettino, was accused of manslaughter after changing the vessel’s course, which led to the crash and subsequent deaths of 32 people, the Jolly Nero’s captain is being investigated by prosecutors who are looking to push similar manslaughter charges. However, officials believe the most likely cause of the crash was attributed to mechanical failure and so far, there are no definite explanations. The ship has been impounded and investigators seized its “black box” to search for answers.