JTJB Acts for Cousteau Society

[Singapore] It’s going down, that much is for certain.

But nobody is saying why, or what happened.

This picture is one of the world’s most renowned ships, the ocean research vessel of Jacques Cousteau fame, was taken yesterday evening near the yard of Kwong Soon Engineering Co in Tuas Crescent.

The cause of the sinking is not known, and both its agent, Nedlloyd (S) Pte Ltd, and ship master Marc Alain declined comment.

So did the management of Kwong Soon Engineering, at whose yard the 20-meter vessel has been berthed since Sep 24.

The Calypso, a converted British minesweeper used by the renowned French oceanographer since 1950, arrived in Singapore after a research and filming mission to China and Vietnam.

It is not known if the 85-year-old Mr Cousteau is in Singapore.

According to Nedlloyd (S), the Calypso and a sister vessel use Singapore as a rest base before they are assigned elsewhere.