Mauritius declares emergency after oil spill threatens coral reefs

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Mauritius has declared a state of emergency after a stricken tanker began spilling tons of fuel, causing an ecological disaster among the reefs to the southeast of the island nation, Reuters reports.

The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio is owned by Japan-based Okiyo Marine, an affiliate of Nagashiki Shipping. According to the Washington Post, the ship struck the reefs on July 25 and has leaked more than 1,000 tons of oil.

India-based news site The Saddle reports that the 300-meter-long Wakashio carried 3,800 tons of bunker fuel, 200 tons of diesel and 90 tons of lubricants. According to Al Jazeera, Mauritius fears the ship could break up completely and release all its cargo.

Al Jazeera reports oil sludge could be seen seeping into the ocean and white sand beaches, which threatens the fish, corals and marine wildlife that Mauritius depends on for its economy.

RUNDOWN SHOWS:
1. Stricken tanker causes massive oil spill in seas near Mauritius
2. Panamanian-flagged, Japanese-owned Wakashio is wrecked on the reefs
3. Wakashio carries bunker fuel, diesel and lubricants, and the ship may break apart
4. Oil spill deemed a threat to marine life and coral reefs

VOICEOVER (in English):
"Reuters reports Mauritius has declared a state of emergency after a stricken tanker began spilling tons of fuel, causing an ecological disaster among the reefs to the southeast of the island nation."

"The Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio is owned by Japan-based Okiyo Marine, an affiliate of Nagashiki Shipping. According to the Washington Post, the ship struck the reefs on July 25 and has leaked more than 1,000 tons of oil."

"India-based news site The Saddle reports that the 300-meter long Wakashio carried 3,800 tons of bunker fuel, 200 tons of diesel and 90 tons of lubricants. According to Al Jazeera, Mauritius fears the ship could break up completely and release all its cargo."

"Al Jazeera reports oil sludge could be seen seeping into the ocean and white sand beaches, which threatens the fish, corals and marine wildlife that Mauritius depends on for its economy."


SOURCES: Reuters, The Washington Post, The Swaddle, Al Jazeera
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mauritius-environment/oil-spill-threatens-ecological-disaster-as-mauritius-declares-emergency-idUSKCN2540L4
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/africa/mauritius-oil-spill-wakashio/2020/08/09/8dd09ee8-da49-11ea-b205-ff838e15a9a6_story.html
https://theswaddle.com/environmental-crisis-looms-over-mauritius-after-oil-spill-from-shipwreck/
https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/08/mauritius-struggles-oil-spill-polluting-seas-200809083354652.html