Santorini seeks action on ship

Authorities on Santorini yesterday threatened legal action against the Merchant Marine Ministry and the shipping firm that owns the Sea Diamond cruise ship, whose wreck lies on the seabed in the island’s partly submerged volcanic crater. Community leaders are concerned, as it has been 35 days since the sinking and the removal of tons of fuel and chemicals from the wreck has not yet begun. They want details about the amount of fuel and chemicals in the wreck and when their removal will begin. Meanwhile judicial sources told Kathimerini that the ship’s data recorder had recorded conversations between the captain and crew several hours before and after the collision. But the same sources said that it may not have recorded any information between the evening of Thursday, March 8 and the following morning, when the ship sank.