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A third ship was involved in the Moby Prince disaster, inquest reveals


A third ship has been involved in one of Italy’s worst maritime accidents, according to a parliamentary inquiry.

The disaster, which occurred in 1991, killed 140 people and caused extensive environmental damage.

A ferry, the Moby Prince, was heading for Sardinia when it collided with an anchored oil tanker, the Agip Abruzzo, off Livorno.

Crude oil spilled into the sea and onto the ferry deck, starting a huge fire. Only one person on the ferry survived, while the entire crew of the tanker was rescued.

Now a report has emerged that an unidentified third vessel was involved.

“The Moby Prince collided with the tanker Agip Abruzzo due to the presence of a third vessel which suddenly appeared in front of the ferry, causing the left turn which caused the accident,” the report said.

The investigation into the Moby Prince disaster was reopened by the Italian parliament in July last year. The decision to do so came when lawmakers realized that initial investigations conducted immediately after the incident had failed to identify its exact causes or result in any convictions.

euronews Gt

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