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Bad weather conditions delay the towing of the Japanese freighter stranded in Mauritius

August 16, 2020

Bad weather that Sunday delayed the towing of the Japanese freighter, which ran aground off the coast of Mauritius last month and broke in two during the cleanup.

The front part of the ship, which is now about 30 meters from the rest of the ship, should have been towed and sunk about 1,000 kilometers from Mauritius on Saturday, according to the newspaper “Le Mauricien”.

However, it is expected that the stern of the ship will remain where it ran aground. “The front end is driving, so a lot of effort is required,” said Sunil Korwarkasing, an environmental expert consulted by the DPA agency.

Bad weather conditions delay the towing of the Japanese freighter stranded in MauritiusBad weather conditions delay the towing of the Japanese freighter stranded in Mauritius

On this Sunday there were still 40 tons of fuel in the Wakashio freighter, which, according to the authorities, has yet to be removed. The cargo ship, which carried approximately 4,000 tons, ran aground on July 25, creating a stain of approximately 1,000 tons in the area, known for its transparent waters and native flora and fauna.

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