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London P&I will be billed for Benita grounding

The government of Mauritius will be sending the London P&I Club a significant bill for all the work that has been done to look after the grounded Benita bulker. The ship ran aground on reefs on June 17 following an altercation between crewmembers.

Mauritius’ prime minister said in parliament yesterday the the British insurer would be billed for all state outlay on handling the grounding. The government has spent MRP13m ($366,000) so far in attempting to refloat the ship and cleanup costs.

An employee from the club has been in Mauritius assessing the situation.

Salvors have removed most of the 145 tonnes of fuel oil onboard Benita. The vessel remains aground but is in a stable condition. Neither the deck nor the ship’s side plates show any signs of undue stress.

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