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Cargo Ship Collides With Coral Reef In Mauritius: Environmental Disaster Feared (Video)

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  • Cargo Ship Collides With Coral Reef In Mauritius: Environmental Disaster Feared (Video)

A cargo ship ran aground off the coast of Mauritius against the coral reef. It happened on Saturday.

The ship ended up off Point d’Ensy in the Indian Ocean. So far, no spills of pollutants into the sea have been reported, but there are concerns about the delicate marine ecosystem.

The MV Wakashio, flying the flag of Panama, was traveling from China to Brazil when it got too close to the coast, ending up on the delicate reefs .

With a weight of 200 thousand tons, the MV Wakashio is still stuck. The local coast guard attempted to contact the ship before it ran aground but to no avail.

Built in 2007 by Universal Shipbuilding in Kawasaki, Japan, it is managed by Nagashiki Shipping. it is 300 meters long and is capable of carrying large quantities of goods. Fortunately it was empty.

The video shows the boat stranded along a cliff a few hundred meters from the shore. Based on the available information, it did not carry any cargo.
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The area is famous for its pristine waters and delicate marine ecosystem. Local authorities plan to get the ship back on track and are monitoring the situation. For the moment the ship remains stable.

The cause of the accident has yet to be determined but in the meantime it is hoped that there will be no damage to the reef and that there will be no spillage of fuel.

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