Two inspectors at RINA, the Italian classification society, have been arrested today over irregular certifications to ferries and cargo ships following an investigation launched in 2013 after the Jolly Nero’s accident occurred in Genoa resulting in the pilot tower collapsing.
Another two employees from the local Coast Guard in Genoa have been suspended and some 35 people are being investigated by the local court for some safety certifications released to some ships which appeared not in compliance with the required safety rules, according to the prosecutor. The prosecutor of the court is questioning the certifications RINA gave to many ships in the recent past. Another accident involving the Norman Atlantic roro is also currently under investigation.
A statement circulated by RINA says that the classification society’s actions are compliant with many national and international regulations and frequently it is subject to controls from flag states, the European Commission and other entities.