On August 6, Mauritius regional time, the MV Wakashio began to leak it’s heavy fuel oil offshore of Pointe d’Esny, south of Mauritius, 2 weeks after the Japanese bulk provider ran aground on a coral reef. Delicate communities in Mauritius’ lagoon and coastline have been infected and may take years to recover. 4 mariners who have actually lost their lives or have actually gone missing and thousands of dead sea creatures, consisting of over 50 whales and dolphins – though the link in between these disasters and the oil spill remains unclear. Three months after the oil began to spill into their ocean, Mauritians are left with more concerns than answers.
3 months after oil began to leakage from the Wakashio, Greenpeace Africa and Greenpeace Japan have put a two-page advert in Mauritius’ most extensively read paper, l’express. The advert is contacting the Federal government of Mauritius to expose all that it is concealing, together with the complete letter that the federal government has overlooked up until now.
Happy Khambule, Greenpeace Africa Elder Environment and Energy Project Manager: “The worst eco-friendly catastrophe in the history of Mauritius ought to never have actually taken place, but it must have also never been handled in defiance of the minimum requirements of openness. Likewise, there have been more difficulties than solutions for fishing communities that have lost their standard earnings, children whose play grounds have become harmful puddles, and special biodiversity being smothered by petroleum.”
Below are some of the crucial concerns which need to be answered by the Federal government of Mauritius, global organisations and Japanese company Mitsui OSK Lines:
Non-transparent examinations into how and why the Wakashio ran aground: three months after one of the world’s largest vessels ran aground into a biodiversity hotspot in Mauritius, it remains uncertain what took place, why the Government of Mauritius and Japanese business did not react in the very first 12 days and why the population was not appropriately supported.
2. Effect investigations on nature and health: there is just really restricted details shared on the state of fish and seafood and the dangers to health and no independent examination carried out
3. The death of more than 50 whales and dolphins: it stays uncertain where the carcasses are, what labs are carrying out the necropsies in the island of Réunion or what were the precise findings of the Mauritian laboratories in the Albion Fisheries Research Center: exactly what are they evaluating and when will outcomes be published?
4. Why were the regional population and Mauritian diaspora disregarded in the response to the oil spill? Amongst Mauritians, there are incredible tanks of knowledge of the ocean and the biodiversity on the island. Rather of professionally gaining from their proficiency, masses of locals were engaged willingly in bold and innovative cleanup efforts, in locations that were eventually shut off by Mauritian authorities.
Particularly, why has the Wakashio not been hauled to a shipyard, as Greenpeace called for? What danger assessment has been carried out towards biodiversity and toxic substances that can spread to Mauritius and Reunion Island (part of the EU)?
6. What will be the fate of the stern (the back part of the vessel)?
7. Why have the so-called Cleanup efforts, coordinated by Japan P&I Club, been mostly deceptive and totally doing not have in transparency?
8. What has been the required of the UN’s International Maritime Organisation (IMO) in response to the oil spill?
The Government of Mauritius appears to engage in unclear backdoor offers with the Federal government of Japan, while no “claims office” has actually been set up and no openness has been provided on how settlement talks are being carried out and how they are lined up with global law.
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10 What has been the damage to mangroves impacted by the oil spill: while at least one NGO has been allowed the afflicted location to evaluate damage to the mangroves, no details has actually been revealed relating to the state of the impacted mangroves, what techniques are being used to clean the area (some cleansing approaches are exceptionally dangerous to the environment).
The paper advert in l’express on Friday, 6 November, can be downloaded here.
Photos offered here with credit.
Contact for interviews and more information:
Tal Harris, Greenpeace Africa International Communications Planner, 221-774643195, [email protected]
Greenpeace Africa newsdesk: [email protected]