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MV Wakashio – dealing with the aftermath Webinar
This webinar is the second we have held on the Wakashio and her loss.
When the MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the south east coast of Mauritius on 25 July few expected the vessel to be lost. Indeed, salvage seemed likely on 31 July. However, the first public indication of major structural problems was the loss of oil on 6 August. Just over a week later she broke in two sections. Some 4 months later all that now remains is her bridge superstructure and engine room.
Her legacy was 25km of coastline polluted by her heavy fuel oil now being cleared up from Mauritius’ pristine and environmentally sensitive shores.
This webinar is the second we have held on the Wakashio and her loss. The first pointed at some of the possible failings that led to the incident and in the initial response.
This webinar will look beyond the failings on the vessel but to what is happening on the ground now, the progress of the clean up, the impact of the incident on the marine environment and how it is likely to recover.
We will hear from two speakers:
Dr Georgina Robinson is a Marine Scientist who is resident in Mauritius and works for Scottish Association for Marine Science. She will talk about what happened locally after the vessel ran aground and before the vessel started to leak; the local response to that; what happened once the spill responders arrived. How they have tackled the spill, what is happening now and how the environment is recovering.
Dr Suzanne Ware is a Marine Scientist at CEFAS and spent time in Mauritius as part of the UK Government support following the incident. She will explain what CEFAS does, why they were mobilised, what work was undertaken, how they remain involved and how she thinks the marine environment will recover. She may also touch on some lessons to be learned from this incident that may have application in other marine incidents.
The webinar will be hosted by UK and Ireland Spill Association who have followed this incident closely and had input from many sources in its coverage of this regrettable shipping loss.