Nine crew were poisoned during cleansing fuel tank of Siremar’s ferry Sansovino docked at Norimberga pier in Messina, Italy. Five people were intoxicated after sudden release of toxic fumes from oil residue, which caused death of three crew, while another one was hospitalized in critical condition. The rest crew members suffered intoxication and inhaled poisonous gas, but are in stable condition without life-threatening injuries. The accident was reported to the local authorities and police department. At the dock of Norimberga pier were sent inspectors and police officers, who will start investigation for the root cause and circumstances around the accident.
The local prosecutors started criminal case for causing death by negligence the unknown perpetrator. The police will inspect if all the safety rules were followed during the tank cleaning on board of the ferry Sansovino. According to preliminary information, the five people in tank were intoxicated, while another four hurried to assist and inhaled poisonous gas.
The ferry Sansovino (IMO: 8705709) has overall length of 122.00 m, moulded beam of 20.00 m and maximum draft of 5.00 m. The deadweight of the ship is 2,267 DWT and the gross tonnage is 10,977 GRT. The vessel is operating under the flag of Cyprus and managed by Siremar. The ferry Sansovino was built in 1989 by Fincantieri Castellammare shipyard in Italy.