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Morandi Bridge – Genoa forwarders to sue Autostrade and Italian government

Spediporto has stated that it will bring a class action against Italy’s motorways concessionaire and the Ministry of Transport

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The actions, in respect of loss of earnings resulting from the Morandi Bridge disaster of 14th August, will be taken against Autostrade per l’Italia (ASPI) and the Ministry of Infrastucture and Transport (MIT). The decision to resort to the courts was taken unanimoualy at an EGM of the Genoa-based freight forwarding assocation attended by representatives from more than half it 300 member companies.


In the next few weeks Spediporto will collect data from members to quantify loss of earnings in respect of national and international forwarding, transport and warehousing activities, and losses sustained through higher costs of production or reduced turnover.


"The damages are self-evident from the traffic figures from the port authority, 8% lower last month compared to October 2017, explained Giampaolo Botta, Spediporto’s Director General. "We can also confirm an accelerating negative trend with export shipments, down 5% in September and 12.5% in October measured year-on-year." He added that the class actions against ASPI, which is part of the Atlantia holding company, and MIT, will be pursued in civil, criminal and administrative courts.


At this juncture, Spediporto has not ruled out also taking administrative action against the Antitrust authority (AGCM), the National Anticorruption Authority (ANAC) and the Transport Regulation Authority (ART).


"We realise that this is a complicated case, but we are determined to proceed with a pilot action that could protect not only forwarders operaitng in the port of Genoa, but the whole logistics industry in the north west [of Italy], including shipping lines, terminal operators and hauliers," said Botta.

  • A statement on ASPI’s web site states that various media reports about its activities and management of the motorways following the bridge collapse are often incorrect. The statement adds that as of today it is still not possible to hypothesise about the technical reason’s for the bridge’s collapse.
  • A recent report on the BBC claimed that Genoa has been cut off from the key industrial centres of Milan and Turin since the bridge collapse. This was incorrect. Access to Milan via the A7 motorway was unaffected. Access to Turin is now via the A7, A21 (Tortona-Alessandria) and A26. Access to Savona and points west into France was directly affected; journey times today are said to be 1 hour slower on average.
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