ATHENS – Greece’s seamen’s unions are upset at what it said is the slow progress into the cause of the fire on a ferry to Italy that killed at least 10, including three Greeks.
The fire was on the Italian ship Norman Atlantic leased to a Greek company and resulted in a dramatic rescue effort by Greek and Italian authorities as it burned off the coast of Corfu.
The four unions (PEMEN, Stefenson, PEMEAGEN and PEPRN) expressed concern at the delay in dealing with the fire on board the passenger ferry soon after it had sailed from Igoumenitsa for Italy.
“Even today we do not know if the fire alarm sounded and if someone stopped it,” said PEMEN President Savvas Stimboglou. Many of the survivors have said that they did not hear an alarm on the Italian-flagged ship, which had been hired by Anek Lines.
The unions put forward a 10-point plan for improving safety on ferries, too late for the victims.