The large 203,130 dwt bulk carrier Wakashio has run hard aground in an environmentally sensitive area off the east coast of Mauritius, on Saturday evening.
The 300-meter, Panamanian-flagged vessel was sailing under ballast without cargo through a major shipping lane in the Indian Ocean when it went off course and grounded on the reefs of Pointe d’Esny, while en route from China to Brazil.
The cause of the incident is unknown. Weather at the time was clear, and there have been no reports of mechanical failure.
Local authorities are monitoring the situation and are said to be developing a plan to refloat the Japanese owned bulker, which was built in 2007 and is managed by Nagashiki Shipping. Dutch company Smit Salvage has reportedly signed a salvage agreement with the shipowner.
The ship is carrying 3,800 metric tons of heavy fuel oil on board, and “slight traces” of oil have been observed near the vessel, according to local media.