Wakashio MV Updates - August 11, 2020

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Wakashio MV Updates - August 11, 2020

Posted: 14/08/2020

Speaking to parliament today, Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth gave the assurance that all is being done to prevent a catastrophe. He gave an account of measures that have been taken to date. 7 skimmers are now operating in the lagoon while 3,200 metres of boom had been deployed to restrict the spread of the oil slick. Trucks are also pumping from ashore to remove oil from the lagoon.

The prime minister thanked international organisations, friendly countries, NGOs, the private sector and the local community who are all assisting the salvage operations. Today, hundreds of Mauritians joined, crafting and deploying booms while others brought in food for the helpers.

This afternoon, the Commissioner of Police, Khemraj Servansing denied rumours that the bulk carrier had broken. However, he said that hull cracks are extending and that there is a real possibility for this to happen. He also stated that the salvage team continues to remove oil from the bulk carrier on barges and by helicopter. He added that he is hopeful the bulk carrier’s tanks would be emptied by tomorrow.

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