Salvors work to offload bunker fuel from grounded mutiny ship

Salvors work to offload bunker fuel from grounded mutiny ship

By the end of Tuesday 30 out of the 145 tonnes of bunker fuel onboard the grounded Benita had been taken off the ship by salvors Five Ocean Salvage.

The fuel offloading of the stricken ship which smashed into reefs off Mauritius last Friday is expected to be completed in another couple of days, although bad weather has made the operation more tricky. Some fuel has already hit the local shoreline – clean up efforts are underway.

The ship grounded as a result of a fight onboard the bulker and a suspected mutiny attempt, which led to the engines being cut off and one seafarer being gravely injured in the head, who has since been put into an induced coma at a local hospital.

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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