Update on WRECK REMOVAL MV “WAKASHIO”08:32:00 | Sep. 20,2021
The MV Wakashio oil spill occurred offshore of Pointe d'Esny, south of Mauritius, after the Japanese bulk carrier Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef on 25 July 2020 at around 16:00 UTC. The ship began to leak fuel oil in the following weeks, and broke apart in mid August.
The project is ongoing however affected by the seasonal monsoon weather.
A Chinese specialist, Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering, has been contracted to remove the wrecked stern of Newcastle max bulk carrier Wakashio.
Japan's Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd said it would spend about 1 billion yen ($9.42 million) to pay for measures to help Mauritius, including the clean-up of the mangrove forest and contribution to an environmental recovery fund.
"We will provide long-term contributions to the environment and the society of Mauritius with the support and cooperation of experts and organizations with specialized knowledge of environmental restoration and protection," the company said in a statement.
To remove the stern section, Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering will use a heavy-lift crane barge with support from other barges and tugs.
Blissful Marine & Offshore Services Pte Ltd and Saj Offshore Pte Ltd was proud again to be involved supporting Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering.
From midday September 2021, we are pleased to have Allianz Middle East Ship Management LLC Shoalbuster “MCS LENIE” chartered to Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering to support the wreck removal assignment.
Subject to weather permitting it should be completed by December 2021.
Blissful Marine & Offshore Services Pte Ltd and Saj Offshore Pte Ltd once again wish to thank all concern parties for their support and trust to make this a success.