The satellite operated by Maxar Technologies succeeded in capturing images of an oil spill in the Mauritius Sea that occurred after a naval accident in late July. Satellite images taken on Friday (07/08/2020) show an environmental disaster from space in the form of plumes of black oil filling the lagoon and spreading northwest to the coast. The incident of the oil spill in Mauritius is worrying because it threatens the survival of living beings in the region. As quoted by Live Science on Tuesday (8/11/2020), at the site of the spill, Pointe d’Esny is an area protected by an international agreement for the conservation and sustainable use of wetlands.
This Oil Spill Can Impact Living Beings In That Area
This area is also close to the Blue Bay Marine Park which is a tourist destination. Several groups attempted to stop the flow of oil from the MV Wakashio. These include the Mauritian National Coast Guard, the environmental service company Poleco and the French island of Reunion. This incident is not the only environmental oil spill disaster to occur in 2020. There have been at least eight other major oil spills. One was on May 29, when Russia declared a state of emergency after 22,000 tonnes of oil was spilled in the Arctic Circle.
The Indian Ocean island nation of Mauritius is under the watchful eye of an environmental disaster after an oil carrier named MV Wakashio crashed into a reef. Unfortunately, there was a leak in the ship’s hull which produced around 4,671 tonnes of oil which could potentially pollute the Mauritius Sea. The vessel’s cargo includes 4,290 tonnes of low sulfur fuel oil, 228 tonnes of diesel and 99 tonnes of lubricating oil which are transported from China to Brazil. “This is the first time that we have faced a disaster like this and we do not have the capacity to deal with this problem,” said Sudheer Maudhoo, Minister of Fisheries of Mauritius. The oil spill did not happen immediately. When it collided with a coral reef, it was about 2 miles away and the crew were evacuated. However, attempts to stabilize the ship and pump out the oil spill from Mauritius failed as large waves in the Indian Ocean hit the ship.