A Japanese bulk service that struck a coral reef off Mauritius and has leaked at the least an estimated 1,000 tonnes of oil handed an annual inspection in March with none issues, Japan’s ClassNK inspection physique stated on Tuesday.
The ship, MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, ran onto the reef on July 25, and the ensuing oil leak has raised fears of a serious ecological disaster the Indian Ocean island.
Having already declared a state of emergency, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth stated the ship has now stopped leaking oil, however, the island nation should nonetheless put together for “a worst-case situation.
“We will do our utmost towards resolving the situation quickly,” Mitsui OSK stated in a press release on Tuesday, including that it doubted whether or not the incident would have a big sufficient influence on its earnings to warrant issuing a disclosure discover to traders.
The firm stated it has despatched six workers to the positioning was contemplating sending extra, together with transport provides. The deployed employees had been examined for coronavirus earlier than being despatched.
The International Maritime Organization (IMO) stated it had joined worldwide efforts to assist Mauritius to sort out the oil spill by offering technical recommendation and coordinating the response. U.N. companies and different worldwide organisations had been additionally mobilising environmental and oil spill consultants.