Maritime Accidents

Sorrento Ferry Fire

On 28 April 2015 the ferry boat Sorrento, owned by the Italian shipping company, the Grimaldi Group, and operated by Transmediterranea – Acciona, caught fire while sailing with 152 passengers from Palma to Valencia, Spain.

This is sadly reminiscent of the recent ferry fire on the Norman Atlantic, although thankfully there were no reported deaths on the Sorrento.  The Norman Atlantic was a sister vessel to the Sorrento, being of the same model and specifications and from the same shipyard.  Like the Norman Atlantic, this ship’s classification and safety management certificates were made by RINA S.p.A. (Registro Italiano Navale).  Fortunately the passengers were rescued, but there may be claims for injuries, moral damages, and material damages.  On board the Sorrento were passengers from Spain, Italy, Romania, Bulgaria, China, Colombia, Ecuador, Senegal, Argentina, Albania, Australia, and the Philippines.  Global Justice Network members are evaluating the potential claims scenario.

Fire on the Norman Atlantic ferry

The passenger ferry, Norman Atlantic, caught on fire in the Adriatic Sea during the early morning hours of Sunday, December 28, 2014.  This fire and the facts that may have compounded the tragedy are being actively investigated by members of the GJN.  Currently, our lawyers represent passengers of several nationalities.  Please see our dedicated website at

Sinking of the Cemfjord cargo ship

This 1984 built vessel was converted to a specialist cement carrier in 1998. On January 3, 2015, the vessel was lost while in the course of a laden voyage carrying 2,000 tonnes of cement from Aalborg in Denmark to Runcorn, England in Cheshire. The vessel’s upturned hull was found by a passing ferry in the Pentland Firth, following stormy weather off the coast of northern Scotland. An intensive air and sea search failed to find any of the crew of 8, including 7 Polish nationals and one Filipino. The search for survivors has since been abandoned and the UK’s Marine Accident Investigation Branch has commenced an investigation. No distress call was transmitted from the ship prior to its loss.

Wreck of Oryong 501 Korean ship

This Korean fishing vessel sunk on December 1, 2014, in the Bering Sea. The trawler sank with a crew of at least 60 in number, mostly Indonesians, Filipinos and Koreans. The Oryong 501 is a forty-year-old vessel operated by Sajo Industries of Korea. On December 1, 2014 the international rescue operation managed to recover three Filipinos, three Indonesians and the Russian inspector who was on board the vessel. GJN has been consulted by the bereaved families.

Baltic Ace / Corvus J ship collision

Another maritime disaster in which members of the GJN are actively involved is that of the Baltic Ace.  On December 5, 2012, the Baltic Ace, a car carrier, collided with the Corvus J, a container ship, near the port of Rotterdam.  Eleven crew members lost their lives when the Baltic Ace sank to the bottom of the North Sea along with 1,400 cars.