Mauritius threatened by oil catastrophe – beached capesize leaks oil

A Japanese capesize vessel has run aground off the southern part of Mauritius and is leaking oil, which has already polluted the sea and beaches in the island state, pictures reveal. Salvage attempts have failed and the vessel risks breaking in half after a storm.

Photo: DEV RAMKHELAWON/AFP / L'Express Maurice

Mauritius risks facing an oil catastrophe after Japanese ship Wakashio has started leaking fuel. The situation has already caused significant pollution, pictures from the island state reveal.

Several media, including The Guardian, describe how there have been attempts to salvage the vessel since it ran aground on July 25 during a voyage from China to Brazil.

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