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Mauritius Oil Spill Likely To Be Cleaned Up By January

The clean-up of a massive oil spill in August from a vessel off Mauritius will likely be mostly completed by January, the bulk carrier’s owner, Japan’s Nagashiki Shipping, said Thursday.

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Of the roughly 1,000 tons that spilled from the Panamanian-flagged MV Wakashio, all of the oil that had been floating in the ocean had been recovered, Nagashiki Shipping said in a statement.
Work to remove the oil along approximately 30 kilometers (18.6 miles) of coastline was proceeding smoothly and would likely be completed by January, it said.

The MV Wakashio sits in the water on August 7.

The MV Wakashio is split into two parts near Mauritius' Blue Bay Marine Park on Sunday, August 16.

The MV Wakashio ran aground at Pointe d'Esny, east of the island nation of Mauritius.

Volunteers attempt to surround the oil spill on Wednesday, August 12. Local residents are stuffing fabric sacks with sugar cane leaves to try to stop the oil spill from reaching their shores.

The vessel, chartered by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, ran aground on a reef in Mauritius on July 25 and began leaking oil on August 6.

The spilt oil had spread over a vast area of endangered corals, affecting fish and other marine life in what some scientists have called the Indian Ocean island’s worst ecological disaster.
Nagashiki Shipping also said the planned removal of the rear portion of the vessel would begin in late December and last several months. The front part was scuttled in August as instructed by local authorities.

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