India on Tuesday started assistance work in evacuating fuel oil from the breached Japanese vessel Wakashio in reefs off the Mauritian coast. The evacuation had started Monday night after the sea swells went down.
The MV Wakashio, owned by the Nagashiki Shipping Company, struck the reef on Mauritius’ southeast coast on July 25, causing a massive ecological disaster to an island nation that is home to world-renowned coral reefs.
On Thursday, the government said fuel was leaking from a crack in the vessel’s hull.
Despite bad weather, Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth said 500 tonnes had been safely pumped out on Monday. But he warned the country was preparing for the “worst-case scenario”.
Pravind Jugnauth declared a state of an