The MV Wakashio will now soon be a distant memory for the inhabitants of the seaside resorts of Blue-Bay and Pointe-d’Esny, in the South-east of Mauritius. Eighteen months after the giant ore carrier ran aground on the reef, the stern has been completely dismantled.
The debris, scattered over a 300-meter radius around the site, will be recovered by next week.
The Ministry of Environment will then determine what damage has been done to the marine ecosystem along the Southeast coastline, which is home to the Blue-Bay Marine Park and a Ramsar site. The State of Mauritius will then calculate the amount to be claimed from the insurer of the ship, owned by the Japanese company Nagashiki Shipping.
The dismantling of the 75-meter stern by the Chinese companies, Lianyungang Dali Underwater Engineering and Hong Kong Lidada Ocean Engineering, had to be cancelled on several occasions due to bad weather.
The operation resumed last October only to be suspended on various occasions due to poor weather conditions. Originally, the wreck removal should have ended by March 2021.
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