Mauritius declares emergency as a stranded ship spills 4,000 tons of fuel into the Indian Ocean

Mauritius has declared a ‘state of environmental emergency’ after nearly 4,000 tons of oil was spilled into the Indian Ocean when a Japanese-owned ship ran aground offshore.

According to an official government report, the ship ran aground on 25 July itself, but the officials did not receive any distress call. The ship was traveling from China to Brazil when this incident happened.

- Advertisement -

“Our country doesn’t have the skills and expertise to refloat stranded ships,” he said. Bad weather has made it impossible to act, and “I worry what could happen Sunday when the weather deteriorates,” said Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.

France was deploying teams and equipment from Reunion Island in response. France is providing all the support possible to the Mauritian authorities to deal with the fuel leak.

“This is a serious environmental crisis, and we are not yet aware of all the consequences it could have. It’s also terrible for Mauritius, whose economy is based on tourism and has already been severely impacted by the pandemic,” Younous Omarjee, a member of the European Parliament from Reunion Island, told CNN. 

A police inquiry has already started, and currently, all sorts of rumors like negligence and all are coming up. We have to wait for official confirmation to believe all this.

- Advertisement -

A statement by Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. said that “due to the bad weather and constant pounding over the past few days, the starboard side bunker tank of the vessel has been breached and an amount of fuel oil has escaped into the sea. Nagashiki Shipping takes its environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and will take every effort with partner agencies and contractors to protect the marine environment and prevent further pollution.”

This is a massive environmental crisis, and Mauritius is a country that is mainly dependent on tourism. This obviously would take a toll on the biodiversity of the place and affect the coral reefs to a large extent. An ecological crisis like this could affect the tourist places hugely and could have long-term effects on this nation. Let’s hope Mauritius recovers from this very soon.

Do you want to publish on Apple News, Google News, and more? Join our writing community, improve your writing skills, and be read by hundreds of thousands around the world!

Source: Fox News

More from World – News Landed

- Advertisement -

+ Know the ancient Egyptian woman through the Vienna Papyrus
+ A massive explosion in Beirut port, at least ten dead and many injured

Popular Stories – News Landed

+ MTV Video Music Awards no longer to be held at Barclays Center
+ USPS in crisis ahead of largely absentee election

Related Stories

Fresh new COVID-19 Health Scares in Southern U.S. with Dusty Saharan Winds

As several states face increased new COVID-19 infections and officials scramble to further mitigate the impact of the pandemic, scientists are sounding the alarm regarding previously overlooked environmental factors that could exacerbate coronavirus symptoms.

Two dams fail in Michigan, government declares emergency in the middle of a pandemic

The year 2020 has been more tragic than ever. Another reason to curse the year just came...

Featured Stories

NASA to launch delicate stowing of samples from asteroid Bennu

NASA's spacecraft OSIRIS-Rex that collected material samples from asteroid Bennu last week is leaking materials into space...

Methane deposits in the Arctic ocean are releasing greenhouse gases

Researchers have found evidence that large amounts of greenhouse gases are being released from frozen methane deposits...

Match 46 Oct 26: KXIP win and make the points table even more interesting

It's match 46 in the IPL, and it's a big match today. KKR takes on KXIP for...

NASA to announce exciting discovery about Moon

On October 26, at 12 PM EDT NASA will announce an exciting discovery about Moon from the...

Daily use of aspirin can lower the risk of COVID-19 death, study finds

A new study reveals that patients hospitalized for COVID-19 that take aspirin daily (low dosage) have a...

The peer pressure of a medical dream in India

If you are either born, studying, or working in India, you pretty much should have come across...

Comment Below

Fresh new COVID-19 Health Scares in Southern U.S. with Dusty Saharan Winds

As several states face increased new COVID-19 infections and officials scramble to further mitigate the impact of the pandemic, scientists are sounding the alarm regarding previously overlooked environmental factors that could exacerbate coronavirus symptoms.

Two dams fail in Michigan, government declares emergency in the middle of a pandemic

The year 2020 has been more tragic than ever. Another reason to curse the year just came...