Operator: 460 tons of leaked oil recovered
NHK -- Aug 12
A Japanese company that operates a cargo ship that ran aground off Mauritius says nearly half of the oil the vessel is believed to have leaked in the Indian Ocean has been collected.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines believes some 1,000 tons of heavy oil leaked from a cracked fuel tank into the sea after the incident on July 25, local time.

The operator said on Tuesday that about 460 tons of the oil had been recovered.

The incident has caused serious concerns about a negative impact on the local environment, which includes coral reefs and waterfowl.

Company officials say 1,600 tons of heavy oil and 200 tons of light oil remain in the freighter, and that work is underway to remove them from the vessel.

The officials say it's difficult to show an outlook for completing recovery of the leaked oil, citing unstable weather conditions.

They add that they will work hard to resolve the situation as soon as possible, in cooperation with authorities from Mauritius and Japan.

流出させた重油460トンを回収したと発表しました。  海運会社「商船三井」が運航する貨物船がインド洋の島国のモーリシャスの沖合で座礁した事故で、約1000トンの重油が流出したとみられていて、サンゴ礁など環境への影響が懸念されています。流出した重油は、手作業で回収作業が進められ、商船三井は11日午後、流出した重油のうち460トンを回収したと発表しました。しかし、座礁した船には1600トンの重油と200トンの軽油が残っていて、商船三井は社員6人を派遣して事態の解決に取り組むとしています。
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