Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 7)

Tokyo - August 25, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) as the Charterer of Capesize Bulker "Wakashio", are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. (Nagashiki) and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

Wakashio went aground off Mauritius on July 25, and the bunker oil has leaked out on August 6, and the vessel broke apart on August 15.

Following information has been received from Nagashiki.

• The Forward part of the hull has been towed to the designated position instructed by the Mauritian Authority, and the order to sink the vessel at that position was given on August 21. Owner was informed on August 24, that the forward half of the vessel has sank within the Mauritian territorial waters after measures such as removing hydraulic oil by a team of experts in accordance with the instructions from the local Authority and applicable Law.

• Team of salvage experts appointed by Nagashiki, are in close dialogue with the local Authority about the plan of safe removal plan of the stern part of the hull.

• A Team of experts appointed by Nagashiki continue to work together with the Authority and Volunteers, to recover the oil from the sea and coastal areas in order to minimize the impact to the environment.

MOL as the Charterer, has dispatched a team of employees from MOL Group and clean-up equipments such as oil absorbent, to cooperate and support Nagashiki to recover the environment of Mauritius.

• Six members from MOL has arrived at the site on August 12, for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil spill, and supporting oil spill recovery.

• One member from MOL Group has arrived at the site on August 22, for the purpose of managing the logistic and inventory of equipment such as oil absorbent.

• Due to the measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, area of activity will be limited. Members in Mauritius are collecting information from related parties and Authorities.

• The first clean-up equipment sent by MOL, has arrived in Mauritius on August 23. Thereafter, additional equipment such as masks, protective suits, oil absorbents, etc. will arrive in Mauritius on August 26 and August 28.

• MOL plans to keep sending necessary equipment.

MOL will continue to work with the relevant authorities of Mauritius and Japan to mitigate the situation as soon as possible together with the shipowners.



Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 6)

Tokyo - August 21, 2020

Tokyo-Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) as the Charterer of Capesize Bulker "Wakashio", are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. (Nagashiki) and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

Wakashio went aground off Mauritius on July 25, and the bunker oil has leaked out on August 6, and the vessel broke apart on August 15.

Following information has been received from Nagashiki.

• Forward part of the hull has been towed to the designated position instructed by the Mauritius Authority, and the Owner of the vessel is waiting for further instruction from the Authority.

• Team of salvage experts are in close dialogue with the local Authority about the plan of safe removal plan of the stern part of the hull.

• A Team of experts appointed by Nagashiki continue to work together with the Authority and Volunteers, to recover the oil from the sea and coastal areas in order to minimize the impact to the environment.

MOL as the Charterer, has dispatched a team of employees and clean-up equipments such as oil absorbent, to cooperate and support Nagashiki to recover the environment of Mauritius. Moreover, one of MOL Group employee has departed today to the site for the purpose of managing the logistics and inventory of the supporting equipments. MOL planns to dispatch an additional team in later August, and will continue to send necessary clean-up equipments.

MOL will continue to work with the relevant authorities of Mauritius and Japan to mitigate the situation as soon as possible together with the shipowners.


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Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 5)

Tokyo - August 19, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) as the Charterer of Capesize Bulker "Wakashio", are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager, Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd. (Nagashiki) and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

Wakashio went aground off Mauritius on July 25, and the bunker oil has leaked out on August 6, and the vessel broke apart on August 15.

• A Team of specialists continue to work on recovering the remaining oil from the sea and coastal areas in order to minimize the impact to the environment. The expert team appointed by Nagashiki continue to work in close cooperation with the authorities and local volunteers.

• MOL as the Charterer, has dispatched a team of 6 employees and arrived in Mauritius on August 12, to cooperate and support Nagashiki to recover the environment of Mauritius. Also, MOL has sent equipments to recover the oil from sea and coast which is scheduled to arrive on August 21.

• MOL planns to dispatch the an additional team in later August.

Nagashiki has confirmed that the Master and Chief Officer of Wakashio have been arrested by the local authority on August 18.

MOL is fully aware of its responsibilities and will continue to work with the relevant authorities of Mauritius and Japan to mitigate the situation as soon as possible together with the shipowners.


Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 4)

Tokyo - August 16, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received following information from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) the owner and manager of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.

It was confirmed on August 15 that the vessel has broken into two.

1. Situation of leaked Fuel Oil (As of August 15 Local Time)

- As of July 25, when the vessel ran aground, she had approximately 3,800 MT of Very Low Sulphur Fuel Oil(VLSFO) and 200 MT of Diesel Oil(DO) on board.

- Approximately all quantity (Estimated around 3,000MT) of bunker oil remaining onboard, except for the 1,000MT which had leaked out has been recovered from the vessel and transfered to small tankers by August 12. Owner has reported most of the Lubricant oil and Residual oil onboard (approximately 100MT) has been collected by August 14. An amount of unrecovered oil is believed to have leaked out of the vessel.

- In order to prevent contained oil to reach ashore, oil fence has been installed around the ship, and the spilled oil is being collected by adsorbents.

- A Team of specialists continue to work on recovering the remaining oil from the sea and coastal areas in order to minimize the impact to the environment. The expert team appointed by Nagashiki continue to work in close cooperation with the authorities and local volunteers.

2. Situation of the Vessel

A crack in the cargo hold No. 8 to the stern side had progressed which has caused the vessel to break. The vessel is being continously assessed by a team of industry experts, including naval architects, reef experts and salvors, who are closely monitoring and assessing the vessel. The professional team of salvors will focus on the safe and evironmentally sound removal of the vessel from the reef. The salvage will be carried out in compliance with regulation and in line with the local authorities' guidance.

3. Investigation on the cause of incident

The crews are being investigated by the authorities to help determine the cause of the incident. Thereafter, Nagashiki as the Owner and Manager of the vessel, will be able to interview the crew. Nagashiki will continue to work closely with the authorities to determine the cause of the incident.

4. Others

- The members from MOL and Nagashiki have arrived at the site for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil spill, and supporting oil spill recovery. Due to measures to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection in the area, activities will be limited.

- MOL will continue to consider additional dispatch of personnel and transportation of supplies.

MOL as the Charterer of Wakashio, are doing everything possible to support the efforts of Owner and Manager of Wakashio, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.



Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 3)

Tokyo - August 13, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received following information from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.

1. Situation of leaked Fuel Oil (As of August 12 Local Time)

- As of July 25, Local time, when the vessel ran aground, she had approximately 3,800 MT of Very Low Sulfphur Fuel Oil(VLSFO) and 200 MT of Diesel Oil(DO) onboard.

- Approximately all quantity(Estimated around 3,000MT) of oil remaining onboard, except for the 1,000MT which had leaked out has been recovered from the vessel and transfered to small tankers by August 12 Local Time.

- There are still oil spill remaining in the sea and the coast which to be recovered. A skilled oil spill response team has been activated and equipped with specialist spill remediation equipment. Including skimmers, pumps and absorbents to contain and clean-up the oil in compliance with regulation and in line with the local authorities' guidance.

2. Situation of the Vessel
The crack of the hull has expanded again. The vessel is being continuously assessed by a team of industry experts, including Naval architects, reef experts and salvors who closely monitoring and assessing the vessel. Since the Wakashio is unable to navigate, a tow connection has been established between a tug and Wakashio, so that she will not drift should the status of the vessel deteriorate further.

3. Others
The members from MOL has arrived at the site for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil spill, and supporting oil spill recovery. MOL are doing everything possible to support the efforts of owner and manager, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating the effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.



Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius (Update 2)

Tokyo - August 11, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received following information from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.

1. Situation of leaked Fuel Oil
As of July 25 Local Time when the vessel ran aground, it had approximately 3,800 MT of Very Low Sulfphur Fuel Oil(VLSFO) and 200 MT of Diesel Oil(DO) onboard. By August 11, Local time, approximately 1,020 MT of VLSFO onboard had been pumped out and transferred onto small tankers. Approximately 1,180 MT had leaked out from the vessel fuel tank, which an estimated 1,000MT has leaked outside of the vessel, and 460 MT is estimated to been manually recovered from sea and coast. About 1,600 MT of VLSFO and about 200 MT of DO remain on the ship, and transfer work will continue.

2. Situation of the Ship
We confirmed that the crack inside the hull of the ship had expanded. Since this ship is unable to navigate by itself, it is moored to a tugboat so that it will not drift even if it is broken.

3. Status of cargo
There is no cargo on board.

4. Others
MOL, has dispatched 6 members from our company, who have tested negative for PCR, to the site today (11thAug) for the purpose of cooperating with the authorities, collecting information, preventing the spread of oil pollution, and supporting oil spill recovery. We will continue to consider additional dispatch of personnel and transportation of supplies.

As Charterer, MOL has been in constant touch with the owner since first informed of the incident on the island of Mauritius.

MOL have offered all support and assistance and are aware that a large team of professional oil responders and salvors, led by Smit International of the Netherlands, which has been contracted by owners and has been on site for some days. MOL are doing everything possible to support the efforts of owner and manager, Nagashiki Shipping and their appointed teams in mitigating they effects of the spill. MOL deplores any incident of oil pollution and continues to offer support to all involved in the response.

(Reference)
The following is an excerpt from the press conference to explain the meaning of "shipowner", "Technical Manager" and "operater/Charterer" which we have received many inquiries.

"Shipowner" is the Owner of the ship, "Technical Manager" will provide the ship with crew, and make it ready to carry cargo. The ship is then provided to the "Operator/Charterer" (MOL) . Charterer will rent the ship for a certain period of time, find the cargo to load onboard, and give orders to the ship to transport the cargo from one location to another.



Capesize Bulker "Wakashio" Aground off Mauritius

Tokyo - August 9, 2020

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. (MOL; President: Junichiro Ikeda) received following statement from Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.(Nagashiki) who is the owners and managers of bulk carrier Wakashio and Time Chartered to MOL.

"Nagashiki Shipping, provides the following update on the grounding of the vessel off the east coast of the island of Mauritius at approximately 1925 hrs, local time, Jul 25. Due to the bad weather and constant pounding over the past few days, the starboard side bunker tank of the vessel has been breached and an amount of fuel oil has escaped into the sea. Oil prevention measures are in place and an oil boom has been deployed around the vessel. ITOPF (International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation) is advising the owner, salvage team and the Government on the pollution and possible effects. The Owner and its P+I Club have contracted a specialist oil response and salvage team who are coordinating with the Mauritian authorities to mitigate the effects of any pollution. Nagashiki Shipping takes its environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and will take every effort with partner agencies and contractors to protect the marine environment and prevent further pollution. The situation is being closely monitored and in view of poor sea conditions, salvage efforts are currently on hold. The decision has been made to remove the crew from the vessel, who are all safe and have been transferred to the shore. The cause of the incident will be fully investigated, and the Owner/Manager will continue to work closely with the authorities to determine the cause."

MOL is fully aware of the incident and the regretful harm to the beautiful nature in Mauritius. After the incident, MOL has organized "Emergency Control Headquater" lead by President Ikeda to deal with the situation rapidly. MOL will cooperate with related parties based on the advice from authorities of Mauritius and Japan, as well as is to send company personnel to Mauritius and will provide necessary support to the Owner as much as possible. We hope the situation is bought to a safe and timely conclusion.

Profile of Wakashio

Type of ship : Capesize Bulker
Length/Breadth : 299.95M / 50.00M
Built : May 2007
Seafarers : 20 (Indian, Srilankan, Phillipino)
Flag : Panama
Shipowner : Okiyo Maritime (Nagashiki Shipping Co. Ltd.)

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, Ltd. press release