Oil disaster in Mauritius: Japanese ship in distress separates, remaining fuel spills into the waters

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A distressed Japanese tanker that dumped tons of oil in the Indian Ocean off Mauritius broke up on Saturday, spilling the remaining fuel in the region.

The Mauritius National Crisis Committee shared photos on social media from MV Wakashio, saying the boat “split in two” with tugs “already at work”.

“Arrows had already been placed around the ship and the skimmer boat is also present as a precaution,” said the group.

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The Wakashio struck a reef on July 25 and her hull began to crack after days of pounding waves before finally spitting out over the weekend.

After being stranded in the water, some 1,000 tons of fuel began to leak on August 6.

Officials said a plan to tow the ship ashore had been “implemented” and the clean-up operation was underway, Sky News reported.

The MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that recently ran aground off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, can be seen either from the coast or from Mauritius on Wednesday August 12, 2020.
(AP Photo / Kooghen Modeliar-Vyapooree-L’express Maurice)

Oil barriers were in place and a skimmer was nearby when the vessel burst.

Volunteers participate in the clean-up operation in Mahébourg, Mauritius, on Wednesday August 12, 2020, around the oil spill from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier which recently ran aground off the south-eastern coast of the island Maurice.
(AP Photo / Beekash Roopun-L’express Maurice)

Most of the remaining 3,000 tons of fuel had been pumped from the ship last week, as environmental groups warned that damage to coral reefs and once pristine coastal areas could be irreversible.

This photo provided by the French army shows an oil leak from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that ran aground off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

This photo provided by the French army shows an oil leak from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that ran aground off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
(Gwendoline Defender, EMAE via AP)

In a statement, the committee said: “Discussions took place on the morning of August 15, 2020, with foreign experts regarding the action plan for the clean-up of the affected sites and the subsequent rehabilitation of the ecosystem. marine and coastal area. . ”

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The leak of the ship last month prompted the declaration of a state of environmental emergency, with the Mauritian government now under pressure to explain why immediate action was not taken to drain the ship of its fuel.

This photo taken and provided by Sophie Seneque, shows debris in Rivière des Créoles, Mauritius, on Sunday, August 9, 2020, after a leak from the MV Wakashio.

This photo taken and provided by Sophie Seneque, shows debris in Rivière des Créoles, Mauritius on Sunday, August 9, 2020, after a MV Wakashio leak.
(Sophie Se’neque via AP)

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth blamed the bad weather for the slow response.

Volunteers participate in the clean-up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius on Wednesday August 12, 2020 surrounding the MV Wakashio oil spill.

Volunteers participate in the clean-up operation in Mahebourg, Mauritius on Wednesday August 12, 2020 surrounding the MV Wakashio oil spill.
(AP Photo / Beekash Roopun-L’express Maurice)

The Mauritian government is demanding compensation from the owner, Nagashiki Shipping.

This photo provided by the French army shows an oil leak from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that ran aground off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.

This photo provided by the French army shows an oil leak from the MV Wakashio, a bulk carrier that ran aground off the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, on Tuesday, August 11, 2020.
(Gwendoline Defender, EMAE via AP)

The company said “residual” amounts of fuel remained on the vessel after the pumping. He is also investigating why the ship derailed.

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The ship was supposed to stay at least 10 miles from shore.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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