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Rescue operations are continuing around the bulk carrier Wakashio, which has run aground since July 25 on the south-eastern coast of Mauritius. A French navy ship, supported by air forces, has been trying since Saturday to contain the oil slicks escaping from the ship. Back in pictures on a new maritime pollution.
Mauritius police plan to approach Sunday August 9 the bulk carrier Wakashio, grounded since July 25 on the south-east coast of the island, in order to study the best way to evacuate its fuel cargo and avoid major pollution. Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth for his part called a crisis meeting of the authorities concerned and thanked France for its help.
A French Navy vessel, Le Champlain, left for Mauritius on Saturday, while an Air Force plane was scheduled to make two rotations over the spill site, both equipped with specialized pollution control equipment and having experts on board. “We are now deploying teams and equipment from Reunion,” tweeted the French president, noting that “when biodiversity is in danger, there is an urgent need to act. France is there. Alongside the people Mauritian “.
The Wakashio, owned by a Japanese company but flying the Panamanian flag, was carrying 3,800 tonnes of heavy oil and 200 tonnes of diesel when it struck a reef at Pointe d’Esny at the end of July.
Mauritian authorities announced Thursday that oil was leaking from the cracked hull of the bulk carrier.
Aerial images taken in recent days already show the scale of the disaster: huge black slicks in the azure sea are moving towards the lagoons, coral reefs and the idyllic white sand beaches that have made Mauritius a pearl. of green tourism. Mauritius and its 1.3 million inhabitants depend on these waters for food and ecotourism, in an area which has the most beautiful coral reefs in the world and is a sanctuary for rare and endemic fauna, as well as wetlands. unique classified. Environmentalists fear that the boat will eventually break and cause colossal damage at sea and on the coastline.