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MOL accuses seafarers of "unsafe behavior" ahead of Mauritius grounding

MOL explains in a new report that the crew on board dry bulker MV Wakashio changed the course of the vessel from 22 nautical miles off the Mauritian coast to just two nautical miles in order to enter an area with cell phone coverage before the vessel ran aground.

Photo: Mobilisation Nationale Wakashio/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

Japanese shipping company MOL now accuses the seafarers on board dry bulk vessel MV Wakashio of exhibiting "unsafe behavior" in connection with the ship's grounding off the coast of Mauritius, which resulted in a significant oil spill and environmental disaster for the small island nation.

MOL, which had chartered the vessel MV Wakashio, writes in a report that the seafarers on board the vessel tried to reach an area "within the communication range of mobile phones" ahead of the accident.

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