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26 September 2021 The on-line newspaper devoted to the world of transports 00:40 GMT+2

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Regarding the sinking of the Boccaccio, RINA reiterates and confirms the correctness of its work

Victims' families - law firms point out Ambrosio & Commodus and Bona Oliva and Associates - expect that Italian courts go quickly to the merits

Commenting on the judgment handed down today by the Court of EU justice that opens up to the families of the victims survivors of the shipwreck of the Al Salam Boccaccio '98 opportunity to turn to Italian justice compensation, in a note the company RINA, which had Panamanian flag ship, stated that "the Court expressed its position solely on the procedural issue of the identification of the competent jurisdiction. The Court also ruled that necessary checks for the concrete application of the principles to be themselves will have to be carried out by the court national government, which will be decided on its own Competence. It remains completely unrelated to the judgment of the Court of Justice. Luxembourg and, therefore, at today's pronunciation - pointed out RINA - any assessment of the merits of the matter. RINA in this regard reiterates and confirms the correctness of its work."

Remembering that more than a thousand people lost their lives whenthe Al Salam Boccaccio '98 suffered a fire in overturned and sank on 3 February 2006 in the Sea Red while en route to Egypt from Saudi Arabia and that four years earlier a sister ship named Al Salam Petrarca 90 , also classified and certified by RINA, suffered a fire on board, capsized and sank into the Red Sea in route to Egypt from Saudi Arabia, and also recalling that In 2013, hundreds of survivors and relatives of the victims ofthe Salam Mouth '98 have initiated an action to get the damages against RINA and the Italian Naval Register Genoa Tribunal, with the parties who have supported certification of the ship as suitable for navigation is not was in response to the actual condition of the ship and causal contest in the cause of the shipwreck, the lawyers Stefano Bertone and Marco Bona, respectively of the law firms Turin-based Ambrosio & Commodus and Bona Oliva and Associates sponsor the case in Italy and the Court of Justice families of the victims together with Carlo's lawyers Villacorta (Spain), Jean Pierre Bellecave (France), Nigel Taylor (United Kingdom), Robert Lieff (U.S.A.) and Yasser Fathy (Egypt), specified that "after so many years, interest in the case from some of the families we represent is intact, and it is expect the Italian courts to quickly go to the merits.'

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