Disassembly of WAKASHIO wreck continues

The arrival of the barge HONG BANG 6 along with three tugs has initiated the dismantling operation, which was officially launched on February 18th.

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The work on removing the wreck of WAKASHIO from the reef is expected to last one month and depends on the weather conditions.

Capesize bulk carrier WAKASHIO was en route from Singapore to Tubarao Brazil when it ran aground off Pointe Desny, southeast Mauritius on Jul 25, 2020.

She grounded on reef causing a major oil spill off the coast of Mauritius.

The ship had no payload at the time but was carrying over 200 tonnes of diesel and more than 3,800 tonnes of low-sulfur bunker fuel oil.

The bulk carrier began to break in two on Aug 15, 2020, releasing some of the bunker fuel.

The bulker diverted from its navigation route approaching dangerously close to the coast of the island because the crew was reportedly trying to pick up an Internet signal.

The bow of the WAKASHIO was sent out to its final resting place on Aug 24, 2020, following a scuttling operation that saw the ship’s front sunk in Mauritian waters.

Now the stern of the bulk carrier will be dismantled as well.

According to Sudheer Maudhoo, Minister of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries and Shipping of Mauritius, the work on dismantling and removing the wreck of WAKASHIO from the reef is expected to last one month depending on the weather conditions.