The Norman Atlantic heading for scrap
Visemar confirmed the ship was released and returned to the company
The Norman Atlantic shipwreck, ferry which caught fire offshore Albania on December 28th 2014 – causing 31 deaths – was released from Bari Tribunal (investigating the fact) and will shortly head for scrap.
When the disaster occurred, the ship, built at Visentini Porto Viro-Rovigo (29,000 GT, 2,200 linear metres cargo) in 2009, was operating on the Patras-Ancona link on behalf of Greek Anek Lines, although she belonged to Visemar Trasporti (company backed by the shipbuilding yard), whose lawyers Filiberto Palumbo, Gaetano Castellaneta, Pietro Palandri and Aldo Mordiglia – according to local press – lodged with the Prosecutor's office of Bari for the release from seizure, ordered after the disaster.
Finally GIP Francesco Agnino determined to release the shipwreck.
While a preliminary hearing will be held for the 32 indicted, 30 legal persons and 2 legal entity, on May 6th, the shipwreck has returned to the owner.
Nobody announced the name of the yard appointed to scrap the Norma Atlantic, currently moored in Bari, while Visentini has allegedly started the construction of a new ferry (named Visentini 229) to be delivered by 2020, ordered by Visemar to be subsequently re-chartered other operators.