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MV Wakashio: Mauritius declares a “state of environmental emergency”

MV Wakashio ran aground in Indian ocean on 25th July and the crew was evacuated. Thus, the bulk carrier treated to leak tons of fuel into the water. Country deployed around 400 sea booms to slow down the oil spread.

Due to the heavy fuel leakage Prime Minister of Mauritius, Pravind Jugnauth declared a “state of environmental emergency” late on Friday. Further, he stated that the nation did not have “the skills and expertise to refloat stranded ships”

France has pledged support on the matter with the “When biodiversity is in peril, there is urgency to act,” message from French President Emmanuel Macron which was tweeted on Saturday.

Mauritius is home to world-renowned coral reefs. And highly depend on the tourism industry.

MV Wakashio ran aground in Indian ocean on 25th July 2020

“France is there. Alongside the people of Mauritius. You can count on our support dear Jugnauth.” Further stated French president as the French island of Reunion lies next to Mauritius.

In a statement, the ship’s owner, Nagashiki Shipping, said that “due to the bad weather and constant pounding over the past few days, the starboard side bunker tank of the vessel 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 deployed around the vessel,” it said.

Nagashiki Shipping added that it “takes its environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and will take every effort with partner agencies and contractors to protect the marine environment and prevent further pollution”

“This is the first time that we are faced with a catastrophe of this kind, and we are insufficiently equipped to handle this problem,” said Fishing Minister Sudheer Maudhoo of Mauritius.

MV Wakashio is a Panama registered bulk carrier. Vessel is 203,130 DWT with a LOA of 299.95m and 50 m width.

Vessel has 4,000 tonnes of fuel on board


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