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Operator of Japanese ship apologises for oil spill along Mauritius coast

Christian Fernsby ▼ | August 9, 2020
The operator of a Japanese bulk carrier which ran aground off Mauritius in the Indian Ocean apologised for a major oil spill which officials and environmentalists say is creating an ecological disaster.
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The MV Wakashio, operated by Mitsui OSK Lines, struck the reef on Mauritius' southeast coast on July 25.

Topics: Oil spill Mauritius

"We apologise profusely and deeply for the great trouble we have caused," Akihiko Ono, executive vice president of Mitsui OSK Lines said at a new conference in Tokyo.

He added that the company would "do everything in its power to resolve the issue".

At least 1,000 tonnes of oil is estimated to have leaked from the ship onto the waters surrounding Mauritius.