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Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 3)

August 13, 2020

Tokyo-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received following information from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.

1. Situation of leaked Fuel Oil (As of August 12 Local Time)

  • As of July 25, Local time, when the vessel ran aground, she had approximately 3,800 MT of Very Low Sulfphur Fuel Oil(VLSFO) and 200 MT of Diesel Oil(DO) onboard.
  • Approximately all quantity(Estimated around 3,000MT) of oil remaining onboard, except for the 1,000MT which had leaked out has been recovered from the vessel and transfered to small tankers by August 12 Local Time.
  • There are still oil spill remaining in the sea and the coast which to be recovered. A skilled oil spill response team has been activated and equipped with specialist spill remediation equipment. Including skimmers, pumps and absorbents to contain and clean-up the oil in compliance with regulation and in line with the local authorities' guidance.

2. Situation of the Vessel

The crack of the hull has expanded again. The vessel is being continuously assessed by a team of industry experts, including Naval architects, reef experts and salvors who closely monitoring and assessing the vessel.
Since the Wakashio is unable to navigate, a tow connection has been established between a tug and Wakashio, so that she will not drift should the status of the vessel deteriorate further.

3. Others

The members from MOL has arrived at the site for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil spill, and supporting oil spill recovery.
MOL are doing everything possible to support the efforts of owner and manager, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.