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Final remnants of the Wakashio removed

Some 18 months after it ran aground on a reef off the coast of Mauritius, the remnants of the Wakashio newcastlemax bulk carrier are no longer scarring the Indian Ocean.

The ship’s owner and its salvage team have confirmed that the stern section of the hull has now been removed as has all debris in the vicinity. A diving survey was conducted by the Mauritius authorities five days ago which confirmed the completion of the wreck removal work and recovery of any debris and pollutants around the wreck.

The aft portion of the giant vessel was towed out to sea and scuttled in 2020.

Work to remove the oil booms installed in the surrounding area is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of January.

Two crew members were recently charged over the grounding of the Wakashio, 2020’s most high profile ship casualty.

Sam Chambers

Starting out with the Informa Group in 2000 in Hong Kong, Sam Chambers became editor of Maritime Asia magazine as well as East Asia Editor for the world’s oldest newspaper, Lloyd’s List. In 2005 he pursued a freelance career and wrote for a variety of titles including taking on the role of Asia Editor at Seatrade magazine and China correspondent for Supply Chain Asia. His work has also appeared in The Economist, The New York Times, The Sunday Times and The International Herald Tribune.
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