The 20 crew members of the Wakashio (IMO 9337119), which grounded on the reefs of Pointe-D’Esny, Mauritius, on July 25th, tested negative in an initial screening on July 29th.
A 300-metre boom has been placed around the perimeters of the ship, but so far there is no sign of an oil leak. The traces of oil taken from the lagoon were discovered to be the result of a pumping operation.
Immersub Co has been commissioned to carry out diving operations in order to asses any hull damage suffered. Reports to date indicate the ship’s hull is undamaged. Polyeco Group Co is in charge of protecting the marine environment around the vessel. International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Ltd (ITOPF) expert Alex Hunt was hired by the ship’s insurers to help Polyeco in its environmental response. Three tugs, the Stanford Hawk (IMO 9658159), which is already anchored off Port-Louis, the Boka Sherpa (IMO: 9315563), which left Singapore on July 27th, and Boka Expedition (IMO:9358943), which sailed from Fujairah to Port Louis with an ETA as of August 3rd, are to be deployed.
The Mauritius Environmental Minister Kavi Ramano told parliament that there had been “no oil spill” from the vessel.
The Wakashio was underway from China to Brazil when it ran aground around during the evening of Saturday July 25th. The ship was not carrying any cargo, although it was reported to be carrying 3,894 tonnes of low-sulphur fuel oil, 207
tonnes of diesel and 90 tonnes of lube oil.
The engine room has flooded due to a ruptured hose. All crew members remain on board. 2007-built, Panama-flagged, 101,932 gt Wakashio is owned by Okiyo Maritime Corp care of manager Nagashiki Shipping Co Ltd of Kasaoka-shi, Okayama-ken, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Kobe Office in charge) on behalf of Okiyo Maritime Corp