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About 1,000 tons of oil products flowed into the ocean from a Japanese ship near Mauritius

 Earlier, the government of Mauritius introduced an environmental emergency

About 1,000 tons of oil products flowed into the ocean from a Japanese ship near Mauritius



At least 1,000 tons of petroleum products leaked into the Indian Ocean near the island of Mauritius from a hole in a Japanese cargo ship that ran aground in the coastal zone. This was announced on Sunday at a press conference in Tokyo by the deputy head of Mitsui OSK Lines Akihiko Ono, which operates the ship.


"We offer our deepest apologies for what happened and will deal with the problem until the very end. According to preliminary estimates, the leakage volume amounted to about 1,000 tons," he said.


Earlier, the government of Mauritius imposed an environmental emergency after a massive oil spill from a cargo ship, which was chartered by another Japanese company, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. The spill threatens coral reefs off the coast of the island nation. Mauritius has also asked the UN to provide immediate assistance to deal with the consequences of the environmental disaster.


Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. in a statement, the Wakashio ran aground near the popular Blue Bay beach in the eastern part of the island on July 26, after which it received a hole from which oil products spilled. The Panama-flagged vessel was heading from China to Brazil with a call at Singapore. On board there were about 4 thousand tons of oil products.


Mauritius is an island state located east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean. Its population is about 1.3 million. Tourism is one of the country's main sources of income.




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