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MAURITIUS: WAKASHIO BREACHED: OIL LEAKS FROM GROUNDED BULK CARRIER, POLICE INVESTIGATION LAUNCHED
Editor: This is a follow-up to the initial report which appeared on Page 13 of last week’s ISCO Newsletter.
August 6 – The Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius is suddenly facing an environmental disaster after the grounded Wakashio began leaking bunker fuel.
The MV Wakashio ran aground off Pointed’Esny, on the south-east coast of the island, on July 25 during a voyage from China to Brazil via Singapore on ballast.
The owner of the vessel, Nagashiki Shipping Co. of Japan, said a bunker tank has now been breached due weather. “Due to the bad weather and constant pounding over the past few days, the starboard side bunker tanker has been breached and an amount of fuel oil has escaped into the sea. Oil prevention measures are in place and an oil boom has been deployedaround the vessel,” Nagashiki said in an emailed statement to gCaptain.
The ship was reported to be carrying 3,894 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil, 207 tonnes of diesel and 90 tonnes of lube oil, according toan earlier statement from Mauritius’ Minister of the Environment, Kavi Ramano.
“The Owner and its P+I Club have contracted a specialist oil response and salvage team who are coordinating with the Mauritianauthorities to mitigate the effects of any pollution,” the statement from the ship owner said. Smit Salvage has been contracted to respond along with local contractor CELERO. AIS ship tracking data shows two tugs, Stanford Hawk and BOKA Expedition, currently on scene.
Special interest is being paid to the Blue Bay Marine Park, a protected area just south of the grounding site.
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