TOKYO: Japan will send experts to help efforts to deal with a fuel oil spill off Mauritius from a cargo carrier chartered by Japanese shipping company Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., transport minister Kazuyoshi Akaba said Tuesday.
“We will deal with the incident properly as it has caused a great deal of concern and trouble to people concerned,” Akaba told a press conference.
The government plans to send six people, including oil removal experts from the Japan Coast Guard.
The government instructed Mitsui O.S.K. to assess damage from the oil spill, prevent damage from spreading and protect the environment.
The bulk carrier Wakashio ran aground off Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island country, on July 25, and started leaking fuel oil from Thursday. More than 1,000 tons of oil is believed to have leaked from the carrier.