Mauritius: Mauritius After Three Months

On August 6, Mauritius local time, the MV Wakashio began to leak it’s heavy fuel oil overseas of Pointe d’Esny, south of Mauritius, two weeks after the Japanese bulk carrier ran aground on a coral reef. Sensitive ecosystems in Mauritius’ lagoon and coastline have actually been polluted and might take decades to recuperate. In addition, four mariners who have lost their lives or have actually gone missing and countless dead sea animals, consisting of over 50 whales and dolphins – though the link between these disasters and the oil spill remains unclear. 3 months after the oil started to spill into their ocean, Mauritians are entrusted more questions than responses.

3 months after oil started to leakage from the Wakashio, Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan have actually put a two-page advert in Mauritius’ most commonly check out paper, l’express. The advert is calling on the Federal government of Mauritius to expose all that it is concealing, together with the total letter that the federal government has overlooked up until now.

Delighted Khambule, Greenpeace Africa Senior Citizen Environment and Energy Campaign Manager: “The worst environmental disaster in the history of Mauritius must never ever have happened, however it ought to have also never ever been managed in defiance of the minimum requirements of openness. Likewise, there have been more difficulties than services for fishing neighborhoods that have actually lost their basic earnings, children whose playgrounds have actually become poisonous puddles, and special biodiversity being smothered by petroleum.”

Below are a few of the key concerns which need to be answered by the Government of Mauritius, global organisations and Japanese company Mitsui OSK Lines:

Non-transparent examinations into how and why the Wakashio ran aground: 3 months after one of the world’s biggest vessels ran aground into a biodiversity hotspot in Mauritius, it remains uncertain what happened, why the Government of Mauritius and Japanese business did not react in the very first 12 days and why the population was not effectively supported.

2. Impact investigations on nature and health: there is just extremely limited information shared on the state of fish and seafood and the dangers to health and no independent investigation undertaken

3. The death of more than 50 whales and dolphins: it stays uncertain where the carcasses are, what laboratories are carrying out the necropsies in the island of Réunion or what were the exact findings of the Mauritian laboratories in the Albion Fisheries Proving Ground: just what are they evaluating and when will outcomes be released?

Why were the local population and Mauritian diaspora disregarded in the response to the oil spill?

Particularly, why has the Wakashio not been pulled to a shipyard, as Greenpeace called for? What risk assessment has been carried out towards biodiversity and contaminants that can spread out to Mauritius and Reunion Island (part of the EU)?

6. What will be the fate of the stern (the back part of the vessel)?

7. Why have the so-called Clean-up efforts, coordinated by Japan P&I Club, been mainly secretive and entirely doing not have in transparency?

8. What has been the required of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in action to the oil spill?

9. How are compensation talks being held? The Government of Mauritius appears to engage in unclear backdoor handle the Federal government of Japan, while no “claims workplace” has been set up and no transparency has actually been provided on how compensation talks are being conducted and how they are lined up with worldwide law.

10 What has been the damage to mangroves impacted by the oil spill: while a minimum of one NGO has been allowed the afflicted area to evaluate damage to the mangroves, no information has been revealed regarding the state of the impacted mangroves, what approaches are being utilized to clean up the location (some cleansing methods are exceptionally hazardous to the environment).


The newspaper advert in l’express on Friday, 6 November, can be downloaded here.

Photos offered here with credit.

Contact for interviews and more information:

Tal Harris, Greenpeace Africa International Communications Planner, 221-774643195, [email protected]

Greenpeace Africa newsdesk: [email protected]

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