August 10, 2020

Mauritius braces to halt new oil spill as tanker breaks up

Port Louis (Mauritius) (AFP) – Salvage crews raced against time Monday to prevent a second disastrous oil spill off the picture-perfect coastline of Mauritius, with a damaged tanker carrying thousands of tonnes of fuel at risk of splitting apart.The bulk carrier MV Wakashio ran aground on July 25 with 4,000 tonnes of fuel aboard and began seeping oil last week, staining coral reefs, mangrove forests and tranquil lagoons in an unprecedented environmental catastrophe for the archipelago nation.More than 1,000 tonnes has already oozed from the ship, its Japanese operator says, causing untold ecol…


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