The Japanese operator of a ship that has leaked oil off the coast of Mauritius on Friday pledged to pay at least 9.4 million dollars (7.9 million euros) to help restore affected areas by the spill.
Mauritius had previously asked Japan to provide at least $ 34 million to help deal with the ramifications of the oil spill.
Mitsui OSK Lines said in a statement that it plans to “contribute a total fund of approximately one billion Japanese yen ($ 9.4 million) over several years to support measures” to restore the marine environment.
The measures include the conduct of mangrove and coral protection projects and the establishment of an environmental recovery fund.
In addition, the shipping company plans to provide additional support to local fishing and tourism industries, although details are to be worked out later.
He is waiting to see if the island nation of Mauritius considers the money sufficient.
More than 1,000 tonnes of fuel are believed to have leaked from the ship in August after it ran aground off Mauritius.
The smaller section of the boat, which split in two, gets stuck near the shore.
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“ Oil will spend decades on the shore ”
The oil spill has been described by environmental experts as a natural disaster for nature that will have significant and lasting repercussions.
“While the oil spill may spend weeks in the headlines, the oil will spend decades on the shore,” Carroll Muffett, president of the US nonprofit Center for International Environmental Law, told DW in August.
Japanese Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi said last week that the country would continue to support recovery efforts.
The accident is still under investigation by the Mauritian authorities. This has led to widespread protests in the archipelago nation.
Japan’s Kyodo News said last month that the ship’s crew had directed them close to shore because they wanted to find a cell phone signal so they could contact family and ask questions about the coronavirus situation at the House.
He cited an anonymous forensic source, who also said that an alcohol-fueled birthday party had taken place on board before the crash, although it was not clear whether the duty crew had participated.
ed / rc (AFP, dpa)