new Delhi: The Foreign Ministry said that India has sent more than 30 tons of technical equipment and materials to Mauritius in an IAF aircraft to deal with the oil spill. The equipment has been provided by the Indian Coast Guard. On 7 August, a Japanese bulk carrier (ship) on the Mauritius coast leaked hundreds of tons of oil, causing the ship to break into two. The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius then declared an 'environmental emergency'.
A 10-member technical response team of the Indian Coast Guard (ICG) trained specifically to deal with oil spill prevention measures has also been sent to Mauritius with material assistance. The Indian Air Force aircraft has also carried 10,000 high capacity oil absorbent pads which are exclusively supplied by the Indian Oil Corporation.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar tweeted, #SAGAR Policy at Work. #oilspill To assist Mauritius in prevention and disposal operations, the IAF aircraft landed with 30 tons of specialized equipment and a 10-member technical response team.
#SAGAR Policy at work.
To assist Mauritius in its ongoing #oilspill containment & salvage operations, an IAF aircraft has just landed in Port Louis with 30T of specialized equipment along with a 10-member Technical Response Team from @IndiaCoastGuard pic.twitter.com/muRYOy6mOp
– Dr. S. Jaishankar (@DrSJaishankar) August 16, 2020
The Mauritius National Crisis Committee believes that about 90 tonnes of fuel is still left in the ship. Efforts are on to stop the leak. The committee said that it would seek compensation from the 'owner and insurer' for the leak. According to Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth, 3,000 out of 4,000 tonnes of oil were ejected from the ship's oil tank.