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MOL fifth update on “MV Wakashio” confirms Master and Chief Officer arrested

20 Aug 2020

Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Wednesday (19 August) published a fifth update on grounded bulk carrier MV Wakashio outlining further action that it plans to implement and confirming the arrest of the Master and Chief Officer of Wakashio.

Tokyo-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) as the Charterer of Capesize Bulker Wakashio, are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. (Nagashiki) 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.

Wakashio went aground off Mauritius on July 25, and the bunker oil leaked out on August 6, and the vessel broke apart on August 15.

  • A Team of specialists continue to work on recovering the remaining oil from the sea and coastal areas in order to minimize the impact to the environment. The expert team appointed by Nagashiki continue to work in close cooperation with the authorities and local volunteers.
  • MOL as the Charterer, has dispatched a team of 6 employees and arrived in Mauritius on August 12, to cooperate and support Nagashiki to recover the environment of Mauritius. Also, MOL has sent equipment to recover the oil from sea and coast which is scheduled to arrive on August 21.
  • MOL plans to dispatch an additional team in late August.

Nagashiki has confirmed that the Master and Chief Officer of Wakashio have been arrested by local authorities on August 18.

MOL is fully aware of its responsibilities and will continue to work with the relevant authorities of Mauritius and Japan to mitigate the situation as soon as possible together with the shipowners.

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Photo credit: International Maritime Organization
Published: 20 August, 2020

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