Fuel-Loaded Shipwreck in Mauritius About to Snap

Shipwrecked on the Mauritian coastline of Pointe d’Esny late July, Wakashio, the vessel carrying just under 4,000 tonnes of oil and 200 tonnes of diesel which has already been spilling its contents from the ship’s hold over the last several days; threatened to break in two on Sunday.

Mauritian Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, shared his fears with the media, “The cracks had deepened. The situation is even worse.” S similar sentiment echoed by Vassen Kauppaymuthoo, an oceanographer and environmental engineer, “I think it is already too late. If the ship breaks in two, the situation will be out of control.”

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