On a reef near Port Louis, the capital of the island of Mauritius, a trawler carrying 130 tons of fuel oil was stranded on board on Sunday. For the second time in seven months, the iconic Indian Ocean island is facing an accident threatening its coasts with serious pollution. The Coast Guard and the military are busy pumping oil on Monday.
The captain of the fishing boat, sailing under the Chinese flag, sounded the alarm Sunday evening. The ship also carries 5,000 kilograms of lubricant oil on board, but no other cargo will be on board. Floating barriers have already been placed around the ship to prevent oil from leaking out from the sunken ship.
At the end of July, the bulk carrier was already stuck on coral reefs off the coast of Mauritius. On board were nearly 4,000 tons of fuel oil, 1,000 tons of which leaked, which, in addition to the tourist beaches, also threatens a nature park at sea. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets in August to protest what they saw as the negligence in which the government of Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth handled the shipping and pollution accident. Since 1982, many islanders have taken to the streets.