As many as 10 people are feared dead and others injured, some seriously, following an accident at the Port of Genoa late Tuesday night.
The accident occurred at around 11 p.m. in Genoa, and Wednesday morning press accounts were giving varied numbers for the dead, missing, and injured as new victims were found, some buried in rubble or possibly underwater.
Press accounts say a container/roll-on, roll-off ship, Jolly Nero
, struck a “control tower” at the port. The ship is operated by Messina Group and has a capacity of 1,450 TEUs.
“There are no words to express my dismay and deep sympathy for the workers victims of this tragedy and their families,” the company said in a statement.
It promised to cooperate in finding the causes of the accident which it said occurred in the course of a usual maneuver out of the Port of Genoa.
The company said the ship was assisted by tugs and there was a pilot on board. - Chris Dupin