Capesize Bulker “Wakashio” Aground off Mauritius (updated)


Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President) as the Charterer of Capesize Bulker “Wakashio”, are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

Wakashio went aground off Mauritius on July 25, and the bunker oil has leaked out on August 6, and the vessel broke apart on August 15.  The forward part of the hull has sunk within the Mauritian territorial waters on August 24.  Team of experts and local Authority are discussing about the safe removal plan of the stern part of the hull.

【Provision of goods and dispatch of personnel】

In order to support activities in Mauritius as charterer, we have dispatched personnel and provided supplies as follows.

  • Equipment necessary for oil cleaning arranged by MOL have arrived by air on August 23. Additional supplies arrived on site on August 26.  
  • With the aim of supporting local fisheries, MOL has arranged a reefer container to store seafood until shipment, arrive on around September 11.
  • On August 29 and 30th, six additional MOL employee has arrived in Mauritius for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil pollution, and supporting oil spill recovery.

【Change of Organization to set up a specialized team to support Mauritius】

  • Establishment of “Mauritius Environmental and Social Contribution Team”

・Establishment of the Mauritius Representative Office

MOL will continue to work with the relevant authorities of Mauritius and Japan to mitigate the situation as soon as possible together with the shipowners.

Sue Terpilowski
Author: Sue Terpilowski

Executive Editor of SeaNews