Port-Louis has just arrested the captain of the ship responsible for the oil spill in its waters. Several other members of the crew are also in the hands of the authorities. The objective is to understand what really happened, in order to better situate the responsibilities.

On Tuesday, the Mauritian police arrested Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, the captain of the MV Wakashio, which ran aground off the coast of Mauritius, causing a major spill of over 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil.

The Indian official is accused of endangering the safety of navigation and should be released on bail in the coming days according to sources familiar with the matter.

All crew members are currently being interviewed to determine the reasons for the vessel deviating from its route. It would normally have to dock at least 10 miles from shore, but ran aground on a coral reef about 2 miles from shore. In addition, a Mauritian maritime official told Reuters that “the route set five days before the incident was bad and the boat’s navigation system should have reported it to the crew. But it seems that this one ignored it. The boat also did not send an SOS after running aground and did not respond to attempts by the coast guard to contact it ” .

If Port-Louis is already planning to request repairs and that in addition the technical fault of the crew is made, the bill could be even higher for the carrier Nagashiki Shipping, owner of the ship. The oil spill resulting from the accident polluted the heart of the Mauritian coast, which is the main tourist asset of the island.


Source: Agence Ecofin