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The 300 meters long Panama-flagged MV Wakashio ran aground off Pointe d’Esny

The 300 meters long Panama-flagged MV Wakashio ran aground off Pointe d’Esny, on the south-east coast of the island in Mauritius, on July 26 while en route from China to Brazil via Singapore on ballast condition.

The vessel had 20 crew members at the time of grounding.

Ten non-essential crew members were previously transferred from the vessel.

The specialist oil response and salvage team have already been contracted by the shipowner and P and I Club. 

According to some sources, Smit Salvage to work with local contractor CELERO. 

Two tugs, Stanford Hawk and BOKA Expedition, are currently resent on the location.

Vessel is classified as a large capesize bulk carrier was built-in 2007 by Universal Shipbuilding in Kawasaki, Japan. 

The cause of the grounding is under investigation by the authorities.

According to an earlier statement from Kavi Ramano, Mauritius’ Minister of the Environment, “Vessel was carrying around 3,900 tonnes of low-sulfur bunker fuel, 207 tonnes of diesel and 90 tonnes of lube oil.” 

Source : Le Mauricien Journal :News Agencies

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