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.
Oil Spill at Sea
As of August 12 it was reported that almost all of the fuel on board had been removed, after 1,000 tonnes of VLSFO had been released into the sensitive coastal marine environment.
Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth has announced that almost all the oil inside the vessel’s reservoirs has now been pumped out, a result of relentless work by officials in the last few days.
MOL received the following information from Nagashiki who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.
Japanese Bulk carrier MV Wakshio that has been stranded on a coral reef off the southeast coast of Mauritius could now be on the verge of cracking into two pieces.
MV Wakashio, the cargo vessel that ran aground a reef at Pointe d’Esny on the southeast coast of Mauritius has now caused potentially lasting damage after 1000 tones of oil spilt into the Indian Ocean on Thursday, 6th Aug 2020.
Over the last five decades, the frequency of oil spills from tankers has continued to decrease. The average number of spills of 7 tonnes or more in the 1970s was about 79 per year and has now decreased by over 90 percent to a low of six.
Affidavit describes evidence of alleged illegal dumping approximately three nautical miles west of the Golden Gate Bridge
As a part of its cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Transportation MARAD, Boston-based Sea Machines Robotics announces that it has successfully demonstrated its autonomous systems in action on board a Kvichak Marco skimmer boat.