• People scoop leaked oil from the vessel MV Wakashio, belonging to a Japanese company but Panamanian-flagged, that ran aground and caused oil leakage near Blue bay Marine Park in southeast Mauritius on 9 August 2020. Picture: AFP

    Mauritius takes stock of oil spill two months later

    The MV Wakashio, a Japanese-owned but Panamanian-flagged bulk carrier, was sailing from Singapore to Brazil with 3,800 tonnes of fuel oil and 200 tonnes of diesel onboard when it struck a reef off the southeast coast of Mauritius.

  • Men recover the carcass of melon-headed whale at the beach in Grand Sable, Mauritius, on 26 August 2020. Picture: AFP

    Mauritian citizen becomes powerful voice for oil spill anger

    On Saturday, in one of the country's biggest rallies in years, tens of thousands of black-clad people took to the streets of the capital Port Louis in response to Bruneau Laurette's call for a protest over what he sees as a flawed government responset to the recent oil spill.

  • This aerial picture taken on 16 August 2020, shows the 'MV Wakashio' bulk carrier that had run aground and broke into two parts near Blue Bay Marine Park, Mauritius. Picture: AFP

    Stricken ship behind oil spill sunk off Mauritius

    The MV Wakashio ran aground on a coral reef off the Indian Ocean island on 25 July and began leaking oil two weeks later, prompting a race against the clock to pump all the fuel off the bulk carrier before it broke in two.