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Tanker ran aground in Blue bay

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A 300m tanker ran aground in Blue Bay tonight. Coast guards are on the scene providing assistance. Hopefully its not too serious 🤞🤞 because the last thing we would want is an ecological disaster after the coronavirus

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Hello peeps the authorities have advised against going out at sea or swimming in the region of Pointe D'Esny and Blue Bay as anti-pollution barriers are being installed. Authorities have also requested against gathering on the named beaches as this may interfere with work of the coast guards

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Oh, that sounds terrible.

It looks as if they have run aground on the reef.

Disastrous for the Marine Conservation area - we saw turtles n Blue Bay.

If the reef is badly damaged there could be implications for that stretch of coast, too?

I hope they can deal with it as quickly and with as little additional damage as possible.

Also disastrous news for the hotels that flank Blue Bay.

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I remember when we lived in Pereybere a ship ran aground and it took ages for the salvage operation.

I cant recall where exactly that one was now, but the location of this one so close to the National Marine Park is a worry if oil escapes.

Luckily no damage or oil spill so far:

https://www.lexpress.mu/article/380389/navire-echoue-pas-doil-spill-jusqua-present-dit-kavi-ramano

https://www.lexpress.mu/article/380395/navire-echoue-radar-vu-navire-sapprocher-dit-khemraj-servansingh

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Apparently the situation is under control and quarantine centers have already been targeted for the health security protocol if the boat's crew members are evacuated.

Authorities are working on a solution to ensure that experts dispatched from abroad for the rescue agreement do not have to wait 14 days in quarantine before intervening.

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I hope it stays that way Bronia as there's 40000 tonnes of oil in that ship. Any spills would be disastrous as Pointe D'esny lagoon is still in a pristine condition

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Ash it won't do much for the new controversial hotel they built at Cambuse either!

The Anatara.😉

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Found the name of the ship that ran aground in 2016 that I was on about.

The Benita ran aground off the southeast coast of Mauritius, on early Friday morning (Jun17), while en route from Paradip India to Durban SA.

Local news media reports that the grounding happened after members of the crew had a fight.

The chief engineer of the ship has been arrested by the National Coast Guard of Mauritius while another crew member who was seriously injured has been transferred to a local hospital.

Towing operation to free the bulk carrier started early morning on Saturday (Jun18).

The Liberian flagged vessel, built in 1998, measuring about 182 m long and 31 m wide, was carrying about 145 tons of fuel and 30 tons of diesel.

Videos released by a local news media show an oil spill near Le Bouchon from the grounded vessel and the actions taken by the local authorities to protect the environment and surrounding local communities.

https://www.vesselfinder.com/news/6462-Bulk-Carrier-Benita-aground-off-Mauritius-after-fight-on-board-Video

Do look at the video!

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The 200 tonnes of diesel and 3,800 tonnes of heavy oil is a bulk carrier.

Isn't oil supposed to be carried by oil tankers, or am I ignorant of these matters?

The inhabitants of the Pointe d'Esny region have since this morning noted what they consider to be "traces of pollution on the beach".

https://www.lemauricien.com/actualites/societe/vraquier-echoue-traces-de-pollution-sur-la-plage-constate-eco-sud/365655/

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The pollution is apparently oil from the engine that leaked when water got to it. I'm hoping there's no major spillage when this ship when it is pulled out given that we have ile aux Aigrettes, Blue bay Marine Park,.. and hotels like Shandrani, Le Preskil,.. in the SE which all risked being affected by the pollution. Also authorities have warned against flying drones or getting anyway near a km from the grounded vessel

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20 crew members of the Wakashio, which ran aground at Pointe-d'Esny on Saturday, tested negative for Covid-19. A screening exercise that the authorities and the National Coast Guard were waiting for so that officers could board the bulk carrier.

In addition, refloating operations can begin as soon as the Dutch company SMIT Salvage has carried out a “salvage assessment” . In the meantime, a tugboat has already left South Africa to come to the aid of the Wakashio, immobilized on the reef at Pointe-d'Esny. Another is on his way, this time from Singapore.

https://www.lexpress.mu/article/380524/wakashio-20-membres-dequipage-negatifs-au-covid-19

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