The captain of a boat that ran aground off the coast of Mauritius spilling over 1,000 tons of petroleum in the Indian sea was detained.
Authorities said he has been charged with”endangering secure navigation”.
Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar is currently in custody pending a bail hearing next week,” Police inspector Sivo Cohen stated on Tuesday.
“We’re carrying out a complete evaluation and interviewing all of the team members,” he added.
The Wakashio ran a coral reef on July 25.
The Japanese boat, after being pounded by thick waves for many days, cracked and began leaking petroleum on August 6, spilling out within a quarter of its gas cargo to the turquoise waters of this Mahebourg Lagoon.
The majority of the remaining 3,000 tons of gas were thrown off the boat before it split into two but environmental groups cautioned that the harm to the surrounding coral reefs might be irreversible.
The Wakashio was intended to remain 16 kilometers from the coast but had been less than two kilometers from the shore as it sank.
Owner Nagashiki Shipping is exploring why the boat went off course and it’s sent specialists to help clean up the damage, while Mauritius’ authorities are looking for compensation from the business.
Local governments are under pressure to explain why immediate action was not taken to empty the boat of its gas until it started to leak.
Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth blamed the poor weather for its slow reaction.
Experts from France, Japan, and the United Nations are now involved with the cleanup work, whereas the UN Development Program has allocated $200,000 to deal with the immediate effect of the spill.