The MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned bulk carrier, leaked tonnes of oil into the Indian Ocean.

MV Wakashio struck a coral reef near Mauritius on July 25th, resulting in a vast oil spill.

The incident is now one of the worst environmental disasters that has happened in the Indian Ocean. 

On Sunday, the Agence France-Presse’s (AFP) social media account posted photos of the wreckage that became of the ship. 

According AFP, the operator of the vessel, Mitsui OSK Line, confirmed the report about the ship’s split. 

Nagashiki Shipping “confirmed on August 14th that the vessel has broken into two,” Mitsui OSK Line said. 

According to MV Wakashio’s operator, the split is due to a crack in the cargo hold on its stern side. 

At the time of the split, around 3,000 tonnes of oil were already pumped off the ship.  

Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius had already asked for international help in cleaning up the oil spill. 

They had also asked Nagashiki Shipping, the Japanese company who owned the ship for compensation, due to the large-scale environmental damage the bulk carrier had done. 

Last week, the company said in a statement that they would deal with it “in good faith,” as per the Japan Times. 

The company also pledged to continue its effort in removing the leaked oil from the Ocean and “keep the environmental impacts to a minimum.”

What Are The Effects Of The Oil Spill

The oil spill incident is threatening the ecosystem around the Indian Ocean coast of Mauritius. 

It can also affect its food security, health, and economy, which significantly depends on tourism. 

According to the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), tourism in Mauritius generated around $1.6 billion to the island nation’s economy in 2019. 

Also, many Mauritians who are fishermen will lose their primary source of food and income. 

Pamela Pakium, a Canada based Mauritian who is mobilizing funds for Mauritius, told CBC that “fishermen won’t be able to have a living and the population in itself will be very sad and depressed.”

According to her, Mauritians love going to the beach every weekend. 


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