Moby Prince, Romano (Commission of inquiry): “Truth still needs to be written”

The president: “The judiciary missed its objective, but I am confident that we will be able to reconstruct what happened. From unpublished audio to explosion up to virtual simulation, the appraisals are underway. The outcome by September”

“After 31 years since the tragedy it is extremely challenging to reconstruct in detail what happened that night, but I am very confident that this second one Commission of inquirywhich continues the work of the first Commission in a line of total continuity, will succeed in reconstructing the most precise possible photograph of that night “. Andrea Romano, Leghorn deputy of the Democratic Party And chairman of the parliamentary commission of inquiry into the causes of the Moby Prince ship disaster, tells Adnkronos about the work that the parliamentary body has been carrying out since last June. And it does so on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the massacre that took place on 10 April 1991, when the ferry
Moby Prince the collision with the tanker entered Agip Abruzzo in the bay of the port of Livorno. After the fight, the stake with 140 victims between passengers and crew of the Moby. The causes still remain a mystery on which, a few months ago, the prosecutor of Florence reopened the investigation with the DDA, especially to shed light on the yellow of the presence of explosives on board.

A first parliamentary commission of investigation into the case, established at Senate, came to a final report. “If the first parliamentary commission had the merit of clarifying what was wrong with the so-called judicial truths of previous years, this second commission of inquiry has the task of define what happened“, explains Romano. Various technical consultations have already been arranged: from the” virtual simulation “of what happened that tragic night to registrations from the radio communications in front of the port of Livorno, contained in the so-called ‘reel‘and previously unpublished, we will soon come to write a new chapter. “The appraisals we are carrying out, together with the acquisition of new documentsat hearings of new subjects or the repeated hearings of people who had already been heard by the first Commission, should compose a precise picture of what happened that night “, underlines the president of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry.

The first Commission of Inquiry, chaired by former Senator Silvio Lai, excluded the fog as the cause of the tragedy, he examined the question of lack of aid and the behavior of the Moby command, excluding that the collision had occurred due to the speed of the ferry combined with non-optimal weather conditions. All conclusions considered by the new parliamentary commission of inquiry as “fixed points”.

“We are working specifically to answer some questions. What state was the Moby in at the time of departure from Livorno? Were the engines, the various safety systems, the propeller, the rudder working correctly? – observes Romano – Another question to which we try to give an answer concerns the famous one explosion that took place on board the Moby: there were various judicial and other reports, which gave very different results “.

“We started from scratch, ordering two different expert reports that will work in parallel, will use the laboratories of the Racis and they will have to tell us when the explosion occurred, whether before or during the impact, from what it was generated, self from a explosive on board or by the explosion of non-explosive materials on board“, he reports. Another technical consultancy arranged concerns the famous” ‘bobinone’, the tape on which the radio communications carried out in front of the Livorno harbor that night were recorded. “We have acquired a device – recalls the president of the Commission of inquiry – able to read the recordings and, for the first time since the massacre, they were read all the tracks and transferred to digital so we will have an unprecedented audio quality “.

With regard to theAgip Abruzzothe Commission is working “together with Eni to acquire the internal investigation materials which was carried out after the massacre “. To this is added the” dynamic reconstruction “of the night of the tragedy. The Commission addressed the”Cetenaa naval engineering company in Genoa of the Fincantieri group which is among the most advanced from the point of view technological nationally and internationally, it does simulations maritime-naval, reconstructs scenarios relating to navigation, dams, ports “.

“We have resorted to Cetena to make one dynamic reconstruction of what is happening that night in front of the Livorno roadstead from when Moby left to when it collided with Agip Abruzzo – says Romano – Cetena will receive from us all the data already available, or that will be and, on the basis of these data, will elaborate a reconstruction dynamic, a very precise virtual simulation of what happened, taking into account the weather data, the state of health of the Moby ship, the various radio communications and new sources, such as satellite photos “.

Yes, because in recent months the Commission has acquired new material such as “important documents from Rina – Italian naval register – relating to the state of health of the Moby before departure “and, again,”satellite photos of the Livorno harbor made available, after the end of the work of the first Commission. They come from the US Meteorological Service which two years ago declassified materials from 1991 and therefore also the photos relating to the Livorno roadstead. Photos that allow us to understand exactly where Agip Abruzzo was “.

A consulting was also commissioned a month ago onappearance
insurance of the affair: “The insurance stipulated for Moby Prince and the three-party insurance pact signed after the massacre – observes Romano – On this pact we are doing an insurance-maritime law report to understand if those insurances were congruent with the situation”.

“We expect all the appraisals to be concluded by September”, explains the president of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry, which in the meantime is continuing with the hearings. And on the eve of the 31st anniversary of the massacre, Romano remembers the words spoken last year by the Head of State Sergio Mattarella: “He said that the Moby Prince massacre ‘must be shed full light’. An important sentence because Mattarella, in addition to being president of the Republic, is also president of the CSM and in this sentence there is, implicitly, another truth. And that is that the judicial truths have evidently not shed full light – specifies the deputy dem – This means that the judgments that the judiciary has written about Moby prince, over the years, do not correspond to the truth that still needs to be written “.

“The I do not attribute specific responsibilities to the judiciarynor to the judges who wrote those sentences, but I note a fact – underlines Romano – the work done in recent years by the judiciary, unfortunately, did not clarify what happened that night. The responsibilities attributed to commander Chessa (commander of the Moby Prince ed) or to other personalities of the crew, who disappeared in the massacre, are to be considered non-existent. We know today that Chessa performed flawlessly. So we know that on the one hand the judiciaryin the years after the massacre, missed the targeton the other i subjects involved at the time did not lend a hand to reconstruct the truth “.

“There has been a long period in which silence fell on Moby Prince because it was believed that the sentences were satisfactory. victims’ families and their courage and determination convinced and forced the republican institutions to take this dossier back into their hands – concludes the president of the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry who will participate in the ceremonies for the anniversary of the massacre scheduled in Livorno tomorrow – The light on the Moby Prince was rekindled when the parliament decided to listen to the desperate request of family members and with the former The Commission has reopened this reconstruction work which it is our task to complete. If we succeed, it will be a positive example of how democracy works and democratic institutions manage to repair their mistakes and shortcomings “.