Japan will be sending an accident investigation team to Mauritius to look into the cause of oil spill by Japanese Bulk Carrier MV Wakashio off the coast of Indian Ocean after it ran aground hitting the coral reefs.
Oil Spill at Sea
Japanese Bulk Carrier MV Wakashio owned by MOL caused huge amount of oil spill due to running aground on a coral reef offshore of Pointe d’Esny, south of Mauritius.
The Panama Maritime Authority (AMP), through a delegation of experts in maritime accidents relocated to Mauritius, collaborates with the investigation of the accident of the Panamanian flag ship Wakashio, which is still in the data collection phase.
The tugboat which was working on the site of the Wakashio disaster collided with an oil barge which it was supposed to be towing
Close to exactly a month after cargo vessel MV Wakashio ran aground a reef on July 25th, the forepart of the ship that broke away when it split in two was finally scuttled on Monday, 24th Aug 2020.
Following the arrests of the ship captain and chief officer of the MV Wakashio – the cargo ship responsible for the Mauritian oil spill, its owner, Nagashiki shipping has announced its apology publicly on Wednesday, 19th Aug 2020.
Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, the captain of the ship that caused the oil spill on the protected coastline of Mauritius has been arrested on the grounds of endangering safe navigation of a vessel, an offence under maritime laws in Mauritius.
IMO and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs have jointly deployed an expert, who is advising the Government of Mauritius on the mitigation of the impacts on the environment and coastal communities.
The Japanese Bulk carrier that caused the oil spill off the coast of Mauritius had reportedly cleared the annual inspection in March, as said by Japanese ClassNK.