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.
Because nobody else is reporting on it:
Bulk Freighter run aground on the reef off the shore of #Mauritius.
Probably the Wakashio.
Harbor is not on that side of the island.
Been there relatively stable since last night. pic.twitter.com/DzflhJoJGD
— King of Hawaii (@CreepCoKG) July 26, 2020
The Wakashio Bulk Carrier vessel has hit the coral reefs at Blue Bay in Mauritius. pic.twitter.com/LF4daZtY4T
— Kwang Poon (@kwang_poon) July 26, 2020
Kite Surfers inside the reef in front of the grounded bulk carrier.
Hope it all goes over well, there is a tiny nature reserve with endangered species very close (see the tiny islsnd on my first post’s 2nd pic) pic.twitter.com/Mc8G5HTidi
— King of Hawaii (@CreepCoKG) July 27, 2020
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.