Mauritius to scuttle oil-spill tanker, Japanese owner apologizes

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Wed, 2020-08-19 17:58

NAIROBI: Mauritius said on Wednesday it planned to scuttle the Japanese-owned bulk carrier that ran aground off its shores and spilled oil over pristine waters and fragile coral reefs.
Earlier on Wednesday Nagashiki Shipping, owner of the MV Wakashio, apologized for the incident. Two of the ship’s officers were arrested overnight on charges of endangering safe navigation.
The MV Wakashio struck a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on July 25 and began spilling oil on Aug. 6, prompting the government to announce a state of environmental emergency.

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