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The three additional experts will be tasked with helping the Mauritian government determine what to do with the wreck, which has split in two, DOM-TOM Minister Sébastien Lecornu told Franceinfo on Monday.
France is in favor of an “environmental approach and the protection of biodiversity, and in particular of the coast of Reunion,” he declared.
The possibilities include sinking part of the ship in the open sea, which “is clearly not our preferred solution”, or towing the wreck elsewhere and destroying it, which would take “more time”, he said. declared the minister.
No oil deposit has yet reached Réunion, he added.
The Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the southeast coast of Mauritius on July 25 and began to ooze oil more than a week later, threatening a protected marine park with mangrove forests and endangered species.
Officials said over the weekend the ship broke in two.
Mauritius declared an environmental emergency and rescue teams raced against time to pump the remaining 3,000 tonnes of oil from the crashed vessel.
After visiting Mauritius, Lecornu returned to La Réunion on Sunday night and said he thought the clean-up would involve “at least 10 months of work”.
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