Suspect Singapore-flagged ship reaches Chennai
Chennai: The Singapore-flagged cargo ship,
suspected to have been involved in the March 1 hit-and-run sea
mishap off the Kerala coast that left three Indian fishermen
dead, arrived here on Monday complying with a directive by the
DGS to assist in the probe into the incident.
The ship "M V Prabhu Daya" entered the outer anchorage
area of Chennai Port around 11.30 pm and was expected to be
berthed in the early hours tomorrow, port sources said.
Inspection of the ship and investigations into the
incident were expected to commence tomorrow after the vessel
was berthed, they said.
M V Prabhu Daya, which had left Goa for China via
Trincomalee in Sri Lanka and Singapore with its consignment of
iron ore, was asked by the Director General of Shipping (DGS)
to report to the Chennai port as it was one of the vessels
sailing in the vicinity when the hit-and-run incident
involving the Indian fishing boat Don 1 occurred.
Two fishermen were killed on March 1 in the incident and
three others went missing. The body of another fisherman was
recovered yesterday from the wreckage of the boat.
The collision had shocked the fishing community in Kollam
district of Kerala as it happened within two weeks after two
fishermen were shot dead allegedly by marines onboard Italian
merchant ship Enrica Lexie.