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Oil spill in Mauritius brought under control

Good news is coming from Mauritius. The situation with the damaged bulk carrier MV Wakashio has been brought under control and the oil cargo spill from the Japanese vessel has been contained. It has also been possible to minimise the negative effects of the whole incident to a minimum and ultimately the impact on the
Published: August 24, 2020 - 09:00
Updated: July 22, 2023 - 20:42
Oil spill in Mauritius brought under control

Good news is coming from Mauritius. The situation with the damaged bulk carrier MV Wakashio has been brought under control and the oil cargo spill from the Japanese vessel has been contained. It has also been possible to minimise the negative effects of the whole incident to a minimum and ultimately the impact on the ecosystem will not be so great.

We recently reported on the huge threat posed to the waters surrounding Mauritius by the damaged Japanese bulk carrier MV Wakashio. The main problem was, of course, the oil spill into the ocean, but forecasts also spoke of the possibility of the 300-metre-long bulk carrier breaking through, which it eventually did.

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Oil leaking from the damaged bulk carrier MV Wakashio

Fortunately, before this happened, 4 000 tonnes of fuel oil were pumped out of the vessel, which would inevitably have ended up in the water. The authorities of the island state, relying only on their own resources, could not cope with the deteriorating situation and therefore launched an appeal for help, which fortunately did not go unanswered. The Mauritian authorities cooperated with around 100 experts from all over the world on the whole operation.

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Damaged vessel may cause environmental disaster

The oil that leaked into the south-eastern lagoons was removed and disposed of in safe areas. The damage to the island’s lagoons, coastline and ecosystem does not exceed 4% of the total coastline in size, and clean-up operations were successful, according to experts.

Oil spill in Mauritius brought under control Maintaining clean and healthy waters around Mauritius is crucial, not least for the sake of the environment. Tourism is a key pillar of the economy for the country as a whole, and such a disaster would be another major blow after border closures due to a pandemic.

Authorities estimate that the oil spill has affected about 6-7.5 miles of coastline, leaving more than 190 miles intact.


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Marcin Pawełczyk
Marcin’s journey with diving has been an adventure. Starting as a recreational diver, he soon found himself drawn to the fascinating stories and mysteries of Baltic wrecks. After gaining experience, Marcin decided to go beyond just leisurely exploration and took his training up a notch by completing the TMX course, allowing him to explore even deeper and uncover the secrets of inaccessible places. His next challenge has been cave diving, where he is honing his skills to become a certified diver. Not content to simply take in the breathtaking beauty of underwater life, Marcin has also embraced underwater photography since 2018, capturing stunning shots that bring these worlds alive for those who are unable to experience them first-hand. Marcin’s passion for the underwater has taken him far and is sure to continue doing so as he dives into new depths and captures breathtaking images.
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