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The Japanese firms tied to the oil spill off Mauritius

The Japanese firm that operates a ship leaking fuel off the coast of Mauritius has been involved in accidents before, including a 2006 oil spill in the Indian Ocean.

Mitsui OSK Lines operates the MV Wakashio, which ran aground on July 25 just off the coast of Mauritius, carrying 4,000 tons of fuel that has been seeping into the pristine coral-filled waters of the island nation.

Both the operator and the vessel’s owner Nagashiki Shipping have apologized for the spill, and pledged to help mitigate the damage.

The accident is not the first involving Mitsui OSK Lines. In 2006, the Bright Artemis crude oil tanker operated by the firm suffered damage while attempting to rescue the crew of another ship, according to a company statement from the time. An estimated 4,500 tonnes of crude oil leaked from the ship into the Indian Ocean...

The MV Wakashio is owned by Nagashiki Shipping, which is based in Okayama Prefecture...The MV Wakashio had passed its latest annual inspection in March without any problems, according to Japan’s ClassNK inspection body...

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