International: RINA hires Entente International for Erika inquiry

Brussels: Crisis management agency Entente International has been hired to provide public affairs support for Italian shipping regulator RINA, in the wake of the Erika oil spill off the coast of France last year.

Brussels: Crisis management agency Entente International has been

hired to provide public affairs support for Italian shipping regulator

RINA, in the wake of the Erika oil spill off the coast of France last

year.



RINA, Registro Italiano Navale, was the last agency to certify the Erika

as seaworthy before it sank in the Atlantic in December, leaking 10,000

tonnes of oil. French environment bodies estimate that up to 300,000

birds may have died as a result of the spill.



The European Commission is currently investigating the accident. RINA,

based in Genoa, northern Italy, hired Entente this week to provide

constant political intelligence throughout the investigation and to

handle relations with the European institutions. The contract is for two

months, though ongoing enquiries may extend it.



The five-strong team at Entente is being led by senior consultant Geert

Waelkens and consultant Stefano Paci. They are working with two staff

members at leading Italian agency Barabino and Partners. Both teams will

report to Gianfranco Damilano, head of PR at RINA’s marine business

unit.



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