Environmental Emergency declared in Mauritius after a mass oil spill from Japanese Vessel


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Aug 13, 2020, 08:00 EST


Bronx, United States, Aug 13, 2020, 08:00 /Comserve / -- A state of environmental emergency was declared by the Mauritius PM Pravind Juganath after a Japanese vessel carrying thousands of tons of oil ran aground on a reef spilling heavy oil near the coast of Mauritius.

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Mauritius, 11, Aug 2020 - A state of environmental emergency was declared by the Mauritius PM Pravind Juganath after a Japanese vessel carrying thousands of tons of oil ran aground on a reef spilling heavy oil near the coast of Mauritius.

Wakashio, the 300-metre long cargo ship that ran aground that reef in the Indian Ocean on July 25 was operated by Nagashiki Shipping.  One of the tanks of the vessel carrying 1180 tons of heavy oil got damaged and started to leak by 6, Aug 2020. The ship got stuck at Pointe d’Esny which lies to the east of Mauritius and is close to several popular tourist beaches and the famous Blue Bay Marine Park. The Ile Aux Aigrettes, a lagoon that contained an island nature reserve has already been covered in oil. This major oil spill has threatened Mauritius’ biodiversity which is frightening for a nation that relies heavily on tourism to generate its revenue. Because of these conditions, the Mauritius PM declared an environmental emergency on 7, Aug 2020.

Mauritius has sought help from France. France’s Reunion Island is the nearest to Mauritius and France is Mauritius’ leading foreign investor. France has already transported pollution control equipment by its military plane. Additionally, a navy boat from the Reunion Islands has been supplying materials to contain the spill.

Oil spills have been a regular phenomenon throughout the ages, harming biodiversity and marine life due to the polluted water. Be it the Gulf War Oil Spill in 1991, when 240 million gallons of oil was believed to have been discharged in the Persian Gulf or the BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the dangers of oil spills have always impacted marine life and the surrounding flora and fauna of the affected location. The oil spill in Mauritius is a major cause of concern and all types of rescue majors are being undertaken to solve the issue. The locals are contributing to saving biodiversity by making booms made of sugarcane leaves, hair and plastic bottles to prevent the oil from spilling further. It is necessary to contain this spill as soon as possible and prevent the ship’s other containers from spilling oil. The biodiversity around the world is already in danger due to climate change and such manmade disasters just amplify the worse effects it has on the earth and mankind.

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