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Mauritius say oil leaking from the bulk carrier

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 7, 2020
The island of Mauritius is facing an environmental catastrophe after oil began leaking from a grounded vessel.
Bulk carrier Wakashio
Mauritius   Bulk carrier Wakashio
Mauritius on Thursday announced that oil was leaking from the bulk carrier Wakashio that had run aground in the southeast of the island in late July.

Topics: Mauritius

The ship had no payload at the time but was carrying over 200 tonnes of diesel and more than 3,800 tonnes of low sulfur bunker fuel oil.

The bulk carrier began to breach, releasing some of the bunker fuel.

Boom is in place to prevent the oil from spreading but all efforts to stabilise the vessel and pump up the oil failed so far due to bad weather conditions.