According to the daily mail of the United Kingdom on the 8th, the Indian Ocean island country of Mauritius announced a “state of emergency” on the evening of July 7. A Japanese bulk carrier flying the Panamanian flag ran aground off the coast of Mauritius a few days ago and began to leak fuel oil.
on the evening of July 25 local time, a bulk carrier registered in Panama and affiliated to Japan’s Nagasaki shipping company ran aground at Cape esny on the southeast coast of Mauritius. All 20 crew members on board had safely evacuated. Since August 6, a large amount of fuel oil leaked from the ship into the sea, which was afraid of causing large-scale marine pollution. Near the spill is Blue Bay Marine Park, one of the most famous marine and coral reserves in Mauritius.
jagnath said that the Mauritian government had asked the French government for help and determined that the fuel leak “posed a danger” to the island country, which has a population of 1.3 million and is heavily dependent on tourism. Previously, the new outbreak has hit the tourism industry in Mauritius.
he said: “our country does not have the technology and expertise to let the trapped ships float again. The bad weather makes it impossible for people to take action. I am afraid that even worse will happen after the weather conditions continue to deteriorate on the 9th.”
he showed a picture of the ruocheo seriously tilted in the sea. According to the Mauritian Meteorological Bureau, there are strong winds and waves outside the atoll in Mauritius, so it is not recommended to take risk-taking actions in the open sea.
according to a video posted on social media, a man scratched across the water with a stick and dropped black slime as the sea water slapped on the coast.
the environment minister of Mauritius, Kawi ramano, said: “we are in the midst of an environmental crisis.” He said on the 6th that since the discovery of the hull crack, the rescue team previously on board the ship had been evacuated. They placed about 400 floating objects on the stranded ship, hoping to control the scope of the fuel leakage.
Mauritius is closest to the French overseas territory of reunion. According to the French Foreign Ministry, France is one of the “largest investors” and trading partners of Mauritius.
French President Marcon tweeted on social media: “when biodiversity is at stake, urgent action must be taken.” He said France would help Mauritius.