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Captain and second officer of Suez collision ship detained

Cairo: A judge today ordered the detention of the captain and second officer of the containership that collided with a fishing vessel in the Gulf of Suez on December 14, killing 13 people.

Judge Ahmed Mahfouz of the Misdemeanor Court of Hurghada ordered the men to be held for 15 days pending investigation. The two have already been in custody for four days following the incident.

The two Kuwaiti nationals were working onboard the UASC-operated vessel, which GulfShip confirmed is the 6,921-teu Al Safat.

Egyptian police arrested the ship’s four Kuwaiti officers following the collision, who were referred to prosecution for interrogation.

The Al Safat is currently moored at the port of Sagafa, Egypt, having been detained by the Egyptian Navy. A spokesperson for UASC told GulfShip News that there was no damage reported to the vessel.

The boxship collided in the Red Sea with an Egyptian fishing boat named Badr al-Islam that was carrying 42 Egyptian nationals. Thirteen were killed, 13 were injured and the rest are still missing. [18/12/14]



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