An offshore oil leak has injured marine wildlife and closed beaches in one of the worst oil spills in the country’s history. Authorities say it could take months or years to clean up.
The number of dolphins washed up dead near a Mauritius oil spill site increased to 38 on Friday, a government official says.
Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth says the country will seek compensation for the extensive environmental damage from the Japanese ship's owner, Nagashiki Shipping company.
The MV Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping and operated by Mitsui OSK Lines Ltd, began leaking oil after it struck a reef and went aground off the Indian Ocean island's southeast coast on July 25.
Thousands of students, environmental activists, and residents of Mauritius were working around the clock, trying to reduce the damage to the Indian Ocean island from an oil spill after a ship ran aground on a coral reef.
Ecuador officials announced on December 22 that a fuel spill in the Galapagos Islands, caused when a barge sank carrying over 2,200 litres of diesel fuel, was "under control."
Oil slicks have been appearing for three months off the coast of northeast Brazil and fouling beaches along a 2,000-kilometre area of Brazil's most celebrated shoreline. The government names a Greek-flagged tanker as the prime suspect.
The bulk carrier was stranded on a coral reef near World Heritage-listed waters in the Solomon Islands on February 5.
Since 2009, devastating oil spills have exposed thousands of fishermen and farmers in the oil-rich kingdom to toxic substances, affecting their health and destroying their farmlands and rivers. The clean-up process, however, is too slow.
The type of condensate oil carried by the Iranian tanker is highly toxic to marine life and hard to separate from water.
As the search for 31 remaining crew members on the Panamanian-flagged tanker continues, rescue boats have been trying to control the blaze for 72 hours.
Search efforts are under way to locate the personnel after the guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with oil tanker Alnic MC east of Singapore, the US Navy says.
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