More oil pumped from stricken bulk carrier Wakashio

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MOL says it is doing everything possible to support the efforts of owner and manager, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating they effects of the oil spill from the bulk carrier Wakashio, which grounded after hitting a reef off Mauritius last month.

Time charterer MOL says it deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

The vessel had around 3,800MT of Very Low Sulfphur Fuel Oil (VLSFO) and 200 MT of Diesel Oil(DO) onboard when it ran aground on 25th July and around 1,000MT has leaked from outside the vessel fom one of its fuel tanks.

As of today (11th August) a further 1,020 MT of VLSFO onboard had been pumped out and transferred onto small tankers. A further 460 MT is estimated to been manually recovered from sea and coast.

About 1,600 MT of VLSFO and about 200 MT of DO remain on the ship, and transfer work will continue.

Nagashiki Shipping has confirmed that the crack inside the hull of the ship had expanded. Since this ship is unable to navigate by itself, it is moored to a tugboat so that it will not drift even if it is broken. There is no cargo onboard.

MOL, has dispatched six members to the site today for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil pollution, and supporting oil spill recovery.

As charterer, MOL has been in constant touch with the owner since first informed of the incident on the island of Mauritius.

A large team of professional oil responders and salvors, led by Smit International of the Netherlands, has been contracted by owners and has been on site for some days.