At least seven people have died, two are missing and five are injured after a roll-on, roll-off container ship slammed into a control tower at the Italian port of Genoa.
The accident happened at about 11 p.m. local time on May 7 during a shift change by port authority and coast guard staff at the tower.
The Jolly Nero was leaving Italy’s largest port with the aid of tugs in calm conditions bound for Messina, Sicily, when it hit the 50-meter-high control tower, part of which crashed into the water.
The Italian-flag vessel has been sequestered, and the captain is being questioned by police. The captain was quoted as saying that two engines appear to have failed and the crew lost control of the 40,500-ton ship.
The 36-year-old ship, which has a capacity of 1,925 20-foot-equivalent units, is owned by Genoa-based shipping line Ignazio Messina.