Japanese shipping firm Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL) on Thursday (13 August) published a third update on grounded bulk carrier MV Wakashio detailing further action that the companies and authorities involved plan to implement to clean-up the oil spill following the successful removal of all oil onboard:
Tokyo-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received the following information from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.
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 monitor and assess 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.
The members from MOL have 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 is 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.
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Published: 14 August, 2020
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