Mauritius arrests captain of Japanese ship over oil spill
Japanese Ship Involved in Mauritius Oil Spill Breaks Apart | Voice of America - English
Police on Mauritius have arrested the captain of the Japanese carrier that ran aground off the coast last month, spilling 1, metric tonnes of oil and causing possible irreparable damage to coral reefs. The investigation will center on why the Wakashio went off course. It was supposed to stay at least 16 kilometers from the shore but was about two kilometers away when it ran aground on a coral reef. The Wakashio became disabled July 25 and started leaking oil almost two weeks later. About 1, metric tonnes leaked into the Indian Ocean surrounding Mauritius and another 3, was pumped out before the ship broke in two. The oil spilled into the precious waters of the Mahebourg Lagoon, and environmentalists fear the endangered reefs along the coast may be damaged forever. Half of the ship will be towed out to sea and allowed to sink while the other half will be towed away for scrap - a process officials say is likely to take months.
Mauritius oil spill: Wreckage of broken Japanese ship
It was the primary opponent of the Western Allies in the Pacific War. The origins of the Imperial Japanese Navy go back to early interactions with nations on the Asian continent , beginning in the early medieval period and reaching a peak of activity during the 16th and 17th centuries at a time of cultural exchange with European powers during the Age of Discovery. This eventually led to the Meiji Restoration.
Japanese ship names follow different conventions from those typical in the West. Merchant ship names often contain the word maru at the end meaning circle , while warships are never named after people, but rather after objects such as mountains, islands, weather phenomena, or animals. When the Imperial Japanese Navy was formed, the Ministry of the Navy submitted potential ship names to the Emperor for approval. During the early years ships were often donated by the Shogunate or Japanese clans and the original clan names were kept.