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Continued: Italy crews search for missing after cargo ship slams into Genoa port, killing at least 7

  • Article by: NICOLE WINFIELD , Associated Press
  • Last update: May 8, 2013 - 4:31 PM

"They mainly suffered wounds caused by compression, broken bones and wounds on the chest," he told The Associated Press.

The disaster shook a nation that only a year ago witnessed another shipping tragedy when the Costa Concordia cruise ship slammed into a reef off Tuscany on Jan. 13, 2012, killing 32 people.

Parliament held a minute of silence Wednesday for the victims in Genoa, the mayor of Genoa proclaimed a period of mourning and Italian President Giorgio Napolitano sent condolences to the victims' families on behalf of the nation.

Genoa's port, located on Italy's western Ligurian coast, is Italy's busiest in terms of cargo handling, according to the port authority website. It is also a major port of call for cruise ships sailing the Mediterranean.

The control tower contained the radar and radio equipment that the Genoa port uses to communicate with incoming and outgoing vessels. With that equipment knocked out, the nearby port of Savona took over communications, ensuring that maritime traffic in Genoa continued almost unaffected Wednesday, Savona port Cmdr. Enrico Moretti told the AP.

He said about 20 ships move in and out of Genoa's port each day. He expected that Savona, about 34 miles (55 kilometers) to the west, would handle Genoa's communications for the next two weeks or so until its ship traffic control system is restored.

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