Japan sending team to probe Mauritius ship grounding

Japan is to send a five-person team to Mauritius to investigate the grounding of the Wakashio (IMO 9337119) off the island’s coast, which subsequently led to an environmental crisis.

Japan’s government said on Friday that a team of five people would be sent to Mauritius on Sunday September 20th.

Bulk carrier Wakashio, which was in ballast, ran aground on July 25th in fair weather and without apparently suffering a mechanical fault. Deteriorating weather conditions then hampered the salvage, and on August 6th the vessel began leaking fuel oil. Some 1,000 tonnes leaked into an environmentally sensitive area.

The captain and another member of the crew remain under arrest in Mauritius.

Mitsui OSK last week said it would contribute about ¥1bn to help Mauritius.

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.