Mitsui OSK Lines to provide $9.4m to support oil spill affected areas

11 September 2020 (Last Updated September 11th, 2020 16:27)

Ship operator Mitsui OSK Lines has announced that it will provide JPY1bn ($9.4m) to mitigate the environmental damage caused by the Mauritius oil spill.

Mitsui OSK Lines to provide $9.4m to support oil spill affected areas
MV Wakashio oil spill in Mauritius. Credit: International Maritime Organization.

Ship operator Mitsui OSK Lines has announced that it will provide JPY1bn ($9.4m) to mitigate the environmental damage caused by the Mauritius oil spill.

Last month, approximately 1,000t of fuel oil spilt from MV Wakashio, a stranded Japanese ship, in Mauritius.

The ship was carrying approximately 4,000t of fuel and was reported to have ‘ran aground’ on 25 July on a coral reef due to bad weather.

An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the incident.

The ship is owned and managed by Nagashiki Shipping and time-chartered to Mitsui OSK Lines. It operates under a flag of convenience of Panama.

MOL plans to support Mauritius with the help of experts in the field of environmental restoration and protection.

The company has sent 13 MOL Group employees and also supplied essential items to recover the leaked oil.

The three projects planned by the company are to restore the natural environment, financial contributions to non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and the government and personnel contribution.

Additionally, MOL is planning to contribute to the fisheries and marine product industries, as well as the tourism industry.

In a statement, MOL said: “MOL continually engages in efforts to resolve the situation in Mauritius and restore the environment in cooperation with authorities in Mauritius and Japan, other concerned parties around the world and the shipowner.”

The International Maritime Organisation (IMO) announced that it will provide support to the efforts undertaken to reduce the effects of the Mauritius oil spill.