The charred hulk of the giant Greek car ferry Heleanna was towed today (Monday) into Brindisi harbour under the gaze of hundreds of angry survivors.
The charred hulk of the giant Greek car ferry Heleanna was towed today (Monday) into Brindisi harbour under the gaze of hundreds of angry survivors. The 11,400 ton converted oil tanker, reputed to be the world's largest car ferry, was brought in by three tugs.
A fireboat sprayed her stern from which smoke still rose two days after the disastrous fire which broke out on Saturday.
The skipper, Captain Demetrios Antypas (43) was jailed early today, after a policeman saw him trying to leave Brindisi aboard another Greek vessel. He is charged with multiple manslaughter and accused of failing to help passengers in distress, allowing the ship to be overloaded and not having adequate emergency equipment on board.
The Brindisi port commander announced that he had a safety certification for the ship showing it could carry a maximum of 620 people. So far 1,150 people had been rescued and a further 24 bodies recovered. The port commander said the certificate "must be believed until it is proved false".