Ship's crew free to leave Singapore

SINGAPORE: The captain and crew of a Dutch-registered ship that collided with a Singapore navy vessel killing up to four servicewomen were told yesterday they could leave Singapore after being questioned by investigators. 

Singapore authorities have refused to speculate on the cause of Friday’s tragedy and say it could be two weeks before a report is prepared. 

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said in a statement the ship’s owners, P and O Nedlloyd, have promised to return the captain and the crew of the ANL Indonesia if required for further investigation. 

Three female naval officers were killed and a fourth is missing, feared dead after the container ship collided with the patrol boat RSS Courageous off eastern Singapore. 

The body of one woman was found wedged between beds in a smashed portion of the ship where the sleeping quarters were located, and two others were found washed ashore on the nearby Indonesian island of Bintan. 

Aside from interviewing the container ship’s captain and the crew, records from the ANL Indonesia have been examined by investigators from the police and MPA, the statement said. – AFP  

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