Norman Atlantic tragedy: Unknown still the unaccounted. Do we know how many are missing?

ANEK FERRYSURVIVER

Who was Who on that Ferry? Who are those still missing from each country? Whose “flesh” is still burning on that floating hell after almost two weeks, and who is going to honestly inform the public for the macabre marine casualty?

Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe, who is in Italy investigating the tragedy, said 98 people were unaccounted for after the disaster.
He said: “There are 98 people of whom there is still no news.”

Who are those people? Why nobody is talking for them?

In Greece , the story is by the media systematically played down, as the press is being intensively absorbed by the pre-election polarity .The stories of the survivors as they came alive from the elusive tragedy are being played down, and the latest days, the ferry story may not even appar on the news, fading out in the Greek public opinion .

But we are talking of an uncountable number of  human bodies, potentially still flamming in that ship, next to us :  Greeks, international travelers, and may be immigrants. Both Greek and Italian authorities expressed their “fear” that there might be numbers of immigrants that might be found which have illegaly boarded on the ship.  It is a routine situation on the Aegean , -and now as is broadly revealed,  and the Ionian ferries-, to have illicit immigrants on board.

On Saturday Jan. 4rth,  one week after the disaster, Brindisi Port Capt. Mario Valente said that temperatures were “very high” inside the deck. Smoke still poured from the wreck. There was no estimate of when the search might begin.

It remains unknown When we could know anything more precise, for the world, the families of the unknown number of unaccounted passengers, for the international travel, for Greece, Italy,and the Mediterranean. This is the update of the facts revealed and officialy announced after the disaster.

Tragedy Topic nr.1, the victims:Who was who, and how many?

Greece and Italy have issued widely different figures for how many people are still not accounted for in the ferry fire that killed at least 11 people in the Adriatic Sea.

  • The numbers ranged from as many as 98, according to Italian prosecutor Giuseppe Volpe,
  • to 18, according to the Greek Merchant Marine Ministry.

Concerning the marine typical obligation ,“It is up to the departure port to match up their list and the people (rescued).  “That is why we are continuing our (search) effort: we cannot know what the exact number was, Maurizio Lupi told to the media.

  • Greece says Italy’s list is full of duplications and misspellings but the discrepancy could not be immediately explained since the prosecutor’s office was closed for the New Year holiday. But after the New Year holiday , the question is miraculously forgotten .
  • Italian transport minister Maurizio Lupi said it was unclear whether the passenger list released by the Greek authorities was an accurate reflection of who was on board. He said the ferry had made a stopover on a Greek island before it ran into trouble on Sunday morning. “There is an embarkation list on which the names of the 427 passengers and 56 crew appear,” Mr Lupi said.
  •  The Italian prosecutor stated that the official number of missing persons could be disclosed when Greece decides to give us a reliable passenger list because’ Greece on these procedures has been particularly slow,” he added.

According to the Greek Coast Guard, there is no information for 19 people so far since the early days of the disaster, of whom 10 are Greeks, a number that is announced and diffused to the Greek press , but is 19 people and no (98!) ,five times minor than the 98 people which the Italian authorities announced.

Dozens of survivors are not included in the list of passengers. The official announcement of the Greek authorities stated that “there are reservations about the exact number of survivors we can notice. A reason which may contribute to the overall confusion, is the possibility that some tickets might have been given just by manuscripts after the ship departed, by the account department on board…. “

Tragedy Topic Nr. 2, Safety : Safety Control had reported Fire errors and Emergency Rescue Response Plan absence.

Apart from leaks and doupts for the Safety qualifications of this trip before it started, which appear, after the fatality, to be scaring scandalous also, the first moments of boarding on that ship -before departure -were not showing any signs of maritime Safety control, as was easily by the passengers noticed .

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The absence of an endorsed plan for the Cooperation of the ferry with the Greek Coastguard in case of accident, had been reported and notified to all the Greek Authorities in charge: the Ministry of Marine, the Headquarters of the Coast Guard and the Greek Coast Guard, and to the the Coast Operation Center. The paper of formal notification had been sent eight days before the ship was caught in flames on that fatal journey. The Central Patras Port Authority after concluding for the Safety Control Report, had set a deadline of 15 days to the Captain of the ship as it is now said , to fix the deficiencies .

The deadline expired on Friday, January 2, five full days after the naval tragedy. The existence of the document was revealed on the first day of the accident on Real Radio, and was also presented by Realnews newspaper on Sunday Jan.10.

“Following an inspection E / C / B Norman Atlantic, flag Italy, it has been found that the ship holds no Cooperation plan for Search and Rescue situations (SAR Co-operation Plan) endorsed by your service” .
The cooperation plan for emergency cases is considered essential for Emergency cases when the ship has to cooperate with the Greek Unified Coordination Centre for Search and Rescue. In the case of Norman Atlantic, it was the ultimate lfataliy factor .

On a press conference given by Greek Authorities, the absence of the endorsed cooperation project was reported by the leadership of the Coast Guard as the main cause of loss of valuable time, and consequently, of lives.

“The captain of endangered ship Norman Atlantic is of Italian nationality. Understanding the command of the Unified Coordination Centre for Search and Rescue in the English language was not always effective, having serious delays in the execution and implementation “, declared Rear Admiral of the Coast Guard, Nicholas Patrinos.

But the absence of the cooperation plan was not the only error. The fire doors were not working!

It is such an international ship line. One of the most frequent Greece-Italy ferry trips from Patras to Ancona, one that links the two countries since decades, daily.

Whose responsibility was, finally to let , or not to let the ferry leave the Patras Port?

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Should Noman Atlantic have ever left Patras? Safety reports have shown the opposite. Greece prays…..

36fdae31-f47c-48a8-b974-45b138953a31 upl54a08f52e55ba 1581587 stream_img norman12_210139299 raiploio5_692_355 κατάλογος     It has not been made clear how the fire started, but on Sunday afternoon,  the President of the Commercial Navy Engineers’ Association denounced on air, talking on Real FM Radio, and Emilio Liatsos’ Air Program, that the Norman Atlantic Ferry, specifically, had been checked and found problematic on the engineer screening that took place in Patras, a couple of weeks ago, and it had been officially announced that the Ferry was not technically totally approved to travel. Norman Atlantic, he said , should never have left for this trip… As the night was getting darker, more dark was covering the hours of agony for the 300 passengers that were still trapped on this nightmare. Greek public and the media holds their breath praying for all the endangered lives

The tragedy took place on early Sunday morning hours, when Norman Atlantic was caught in flames . The fire didn’t really stop burning till now, although it has been set under control, claim spokesmen of the Greek authorities that inform the media in Greece.

Ebola Greece: Greek Ministry of Labour informs for employers’ responsibilities for the protection of Health Care workers

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A circular issued by the Ministry of Labour for the protection of workers in Greece from the Ebola epidemic asks the Labour Inspectorate to inform employers and employees for the emergency response procedures demanded in all working places, as to avoid the spread of the Ebola virus.

The circular informs the Inspectors for Occupational Health and Safety that in cases of inspections of their competence conducted in areas where there might have appeared possible workers’ or personnel exposure to the Ebola virus, it is their duty to inform the employers on the employers’ obligation for the measures that should be taken for the Prevention and Protection of the workers’ health, and also to inform employees for the necessary precautions taken for their protection.

The high risk groups among workers on the risk of exposure to the Ebola virus are mainly workers in hospitals, especially doctors and nurses, the ambulance crews, workers at airports and seaports.

For each worker of the high risk groups, employer should take responsibility for the workers’ information of the errors and the Public Health Guidelines for taking the necessary preventive and protective measures, such as the provision of the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) and the workers’ training for their safe and appropriate use.

“Despite the fact that Greece is characterised low risk for the introduction of Ebola virus, to the moment and based on the estimates of the Greek CDC, (KEELPNO), we consider it essential to inform employers and employees about the characteristics of the disease and the Prevention measures that should be taken.

Which are the extremists? any ideas? from the country that has born, but and also ruined sometimes, Democracy….

 by moodhacker October 3, 2013 www. greek2m.org

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paidophile drug addict who was abusing his own child was the main witness for the procecusion of the far-right Golden Dawn members of the Parliament and their leader, as it was revealed some hours before the inquisition progress, which led finally to the release of the three of them , who are now returning back to their seats in the Greek Parliament but did send to pre-trial internment Nickos Michaloliakos , the leader of Golden Dawn.

We are not fascisits, not neo-nazis, all of them declared at the legal procedure, clarifying that the Golden Dawn is a party of Greek nationalists, who are fighting criminality, and defending public and national safety, contrary to the political “manipulations” , they commented, that accused them as a criminal organization.

The TV channels, like an unprecedented New in History Colosseum, (as successfully characterised by the veteran Journalist George Tragas on his tv show),critisized the judjes’s decision to release the three memebers of the Parliament, and launch titles like ” Dissappointment for the release of the three”, obviously reproducing the Prime Minister’s will to “squash, smash and eradicate” the Golden Dawn, as he openly stated the days before . The Prime minister also, talking to the media and at an official reception in New York, declared a triumph of his government against extremism. The term extrtemism is since then repeatedly reproduced by the greek media , -which are almost totally controlled by the government-, without anything being defined or explained to the public about the true danger and profile of terrorist extremist groups that really do pose serious threats to global safety these days. Indeed, the prosecussion of the Golden Dawn MP’s and their leader ,like a reality  TV show for the eyes of the greek and global public opinion, does resemble, as anyone remembers, almost identically, to the prosecusio n of the members of the criminal organization “17 Novemeber” ten years before . Maximizing the perplexity on the eyes and ears of the stunned public, the Prime Minister promised a follow up of prosecutions to ” anyone who is against the Eurozone and NATO “, including, this way, traditional left and communist parties that do disagree obviously  with the unbearable austerity measures of the European Leadership.

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” “I will squash them” I will smash them” We will totally eradicate Golden Dawn” he said (In exact words :”Extremism seemed on the rise until very recently, but- as you might have read in the papers- we are now crushing it in a way fully within our constitutional framework and the rule of law. And I am talking about the Golden Dawn, a neo-fascist, neo-nazi party whose leader is currently in jail.  And now, Greece is the stability asset for the East Mediterrannean area”)

And this does not end here, he added, answering to the public’s  questions at the Peterson Institute for International Economics.” Apart from the Golden Dawn,it must also be addressed  the “extreme opposition”  those who speak of our exit of  NATO, the Euro and the EU, something that would be very damaging in the case of Greece”. But this, finally left almost all the oposition parties like SYRIZA, the Communist Party and also the  Independent Greeks and other parties, more furious about the new “democratic -named  dictatorship” as some political analysts  comment . With so much misery around in Greece, that hit in the last three years by an accute and non reversable manner  the lives of all  Greeks, nobody of the depressed common people of the mass can agree on such political handling. Fresh and bloody are still in all families the wounds of our recent civil war which had spread hatred and  had damaged the  greek hearts. Nobody needs more pain on these days, but some empathy , at least , to give them  the courage to go on . 

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“We are naming extremists the  political activists” , underlined  the lawer of the Golden Dawn MP’s Elias Kassidiaris , congratulating however the Greek Justice for defending real Democracy by their decicion not to pre-trial his clients, since, as he explained , there were moral isues that shook the accusations .”Throughout the grueling interrogation process no indication of any minimum kind of engagement to any criminal offense,of Elias Kasidiaris or Panagiotaros, my two clinets, was confirmed, Paul Sarakis explained . “On the contrary, there were proofs of political expediences that composed the accusations, plus the identity of the main witness who is supposed to be covered by the  WitnessProtection Program, but his name  was given , by the way, to the media” (meaning the paidophile drug addict)

Sarakis, a member of the right party New Democracy snce his young age,  was expelled last week from Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’ New Democracy party after he took the case to defend the Golden Dawn spokesman. As Sarakis arraigned on the TV show of Giorgos Tragas Wednesday night , he received several political calls from the government and  the New Democracy political party that asked him to refuse to handle the case . He defined that he has no political involvement with the far-right party of Golden Dawn or the party’s ideology , but it was his  democratic right to choose how he can serve his professional duty on defending a client towards the Greek Justice.            

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“Democracy is being seriously traumatized now by lots of meanings” , he underlined , and reminded again that expressions of a Prime Minister of Democracy for a political party that counts 500.000  voters ( 6,7%), like “I’ll squash them, I’ll smash them, I will eradicate them,” are completely inapproriate on these  fragile democratic  greek  times.

 

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