About One Thousand Tons Of Oil Products Leaked Into The Ocean From A Japanese Ship Near Mauritius
At least 1 thousand tons of oil products leaked into the Indian Ocean near the island of Mauritius from a hole that was formed in a Japanese cargo ship that ran aground in the coastal zone, according to a press conference in Tokyo by Akihiko Ono, Deputy head of Mitsui O. S. K. Lines, which operates the ship.
"We offer our deepest apologies for what happened and will work to resolve the problem until the very end. According to preliminary estimates, the volume of leakage was about 1 thousand tons," he said.
Earlier, the government of Mauritius imposed an environmental emergency after a large-scale oil spill from a cargo ship chartered by another Japanese company, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. The spill threatens coral reefs off the coast of the island nation. Mauritius has also asked the UN for immediate assistance in dealing with the consequences of an environmental disaster.
Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd., in its statement, said that the Wakashio ship ran aground near the popular blue Bay beach in the Eastern part of the island on July 26, after which it received a hole from which oil products leaked. The Panamanian-flagged ship was heading from China to Brazil with a stopover in Singapore. It had about 4 thousand tons of oil products on Board.
Mauritius is an island country located East of Madagascar in the Indian ocean. Its population is about 1.3 million people. One of the country's main sources of income is tourism.