The Courier-Mail

RACE TO STEM OIL SPILL

- Disasters · Oil Pollution · Mauritius · Japan · Mitsui O.S.K. Lines

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SAL­VAGE crews raced against time yes­ter­day to pre­vent a sec­ond dis­as­trous oil spill off the coast­line of Mau­ri­tius, with a dam­aged tanker car­ry­ing thou­sands of tonnes of fuel at risk of split­ting apart.

The bulk car­rier MV Wakashio ran aground on July 25 with 4000 tonnes of fuel aboard and be­gan seep­ing oil last week, stain­ing co­ral reefs, man­grove forests and la­goons in an un­prece­dented en­vi­ron­men­tal catas­tro­phe for the archipelag­o na­tion. More than 1000 tonnes had al­ready oozed from the ship, its Ja­panese op­er­a­tor said.

Ef­forts to pump more fuel from the hold were be­ing thwarted by rough seas.

Ja­pan yes­ter­day dis­patched a six-mem­ber team, in­clud­ing mem­bers of its coast guard, to as­sist. A spokesman at Mit­sui OSK Lines, which op­er­ates the Wakashio, said it would send ex­perts as soon as to­day.

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Ben B Pol­son and Olivia Vi­vian from Aus­tralian Ninja War­rior; and (in­set) ( Ben in action. Main pic­ture: Peter Wal­lis

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