Mitsui O. S. K. Lines Will Pay More Than $9 Million In Aid For The Mauritius Accident
Japan's Mitsui O. S. K. Lines will pay 1 billion yen ($9.4 million) in aid to the island of Mauritius, where a major oil leak occurred from the Japanese ship Wakashio, Kyodo News Agency reported.
Leased by Mitsui O. S. K. Lines, the 300-meter-long Wakashio ship owned by Nagashiki Shipping Co. was carrying cargo from China via Singapore to Brazil when it ran aground in the Indian ocean in late July. There was a major fuel leak-presumably, spilled 1000 tons of fuel. By now, almost all the fuel has been collected from the ocean surface, but the accident affected coral reefs and mangroves.
These funds will mainly form the basis of the Mauritius natural environment restoration Fund and will be used to restore coral reefs.
According to the Agency, the company is not legally obliged to pay compensation but considered it necessary to take responsibility for environmental pollution.
Three teams of Japanese specialists were sent to the site to help restore coral reefs and mangroves.
It's worth noting that the funds will be used, in particular, to clean up mangroves, restore coral reefs, and protect seabirds from the consequences of an environmental disaster. The funds will be transferred to a special Fund that the company will create.
Wakashio, with 4 thousand tons of oil products on board, ran aground on July 25 on a coastal reef. About 1 thousand tons of oil products spilled out of the hole formed on August 5, which caused the first such environmental disaster in the country's history. Specialists arrived to help Mauritius from the island of reunion, located 230 km away, which has the status of an overseas territory of France. Specialists from Japan are also involved in the rescue operation.
The injured of the accident the ship had previously split into two parts. The forward fragment was towed to a remote distance from the island on August 19, and five days later, the operation to sink it was completed. The decision on how to remove the stranded and eliminate the aft part has not yet been made. All oil products were pumped out of the cargo ship. Major spill response work has also generally been completed, except for some oil spills in the ocean.
The cargo ship was launched in 2007. It is almost 300 m long and 50 m wide. The ship was sailing under the flag of Panama from China to Brazil. Wakashio is managed by the Japanese company Mitsui O. S. K. Lines and chartered by another Japanese company, Nagashiki Shipping.