Black tide : the vessel aground at the island of Mauritius was broken in two - Point

A disaster scenario. As much feared by the local authorities and the inhabitants of the island of Mauritius, the Wakashio, the boat that had struck a reef on th

Black tide : the vessel aground at the island of Mauritius was broken in two - Point

A disaster scenario. As much feared by the local authorities and the inhabitants of the island of Mauritius, the Wakashio, the boat that had struck a reef on the 25th July last, off the island, broke in two, echoes The Parisian, citing several local media including The Mauritian people. The director of maritime affairs, Alain Donat explained to the local newspaper that the front part is in tow and will be casting " to at least 1 000 kilometres from the island of Mauritius. "The back part will be left for the moment on the scene of the sinking, to the pointe d'esny, in the south-east of the island of Mauritius.

Friday, August 14, already, the local authorities announced that, despite the success of the operations of pumping carried out since the tragedy, the oil began to flow out of the vessel, which contained at its edge 100 tons of fuel oil. A disaster is foreseeable, as was stated in a press release the crisis committee put in place to prevent the maximum flow of fuel oil. "According to experts, this kind of leak is predictable and is due to the way the boat twists and warps ", was it written.

oil content in a place difficult of access

And yet, the response teams had carried out a race against the clock to pump the rest of the remaining fuel. Part of this was contained in a place impossible to access as explained by a source working on the cleaning-up operations, under the cover of anonymity. "We cannot get in this part of the ship. It is too dangerous. There is a risk of asphyxiation ", justified it. The challenge now is to prevent any further leakage of fuel oil...

Updated Date: 15 August 2020, 12:33

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