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Mitsui to spend $9.4 million on oil spill response in Mauritius

Japanese company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines announced on Friday that it intends to spend 1 billion yen (about $9.4 million at current exchange rates) in the coming years to clean up the consequences of an oil spill from the Japanese bulk carrier Wakashio in the Mauritius region.

It is noted that the funds will be used, in particular, to clean up mangroves, restore coral reefs, and protect seabirds from the consequences of an ecological disaster. The funds will be transferred to a special fund that the company will create.

Wakashio with 4 thousand tons of petroleum products on board ran aground on July 25 on a coastal reef. From the hole formed on August 5, about 1,000 tons of oil products poured out, which caused the first such environmental disaster in the history of the country. Specialists came to the aid of Mauritius from Reunion Island, located 230 km away, which has the status of an overseas territory of France. Specialists from Japan are also involved in the rescue operation.

The crashed ship had previously split in two. The front fragment was towed away from the island on August 19, and five days later the operation to sink it was completed. The decision on how to refloat and eliminate the stern has not yet been made. All oil products were pumped out of the dry cargo ship. The major response to the spill was also largely complete, with the exception of some spills in the ocean.

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