Bulk carrier Benita ran aground on southeast coast of Mauritius, Indian ocean, on early Friday morning (Jun17), while en route from Paradip India to Durban SA.

Local news media reports that the grounding happened after members of the crew had a fight.

The chief engineer of the ship has been arrested by the National Coast Guard of Mauritius while another crew member who was seriously injured has been transferred to a local hospital.

Towing operation to free the bulk carrier started early morning on Saturday (Jun18).

The Liberian flagged vessel, built in 1998, measuring about 182 m long and 31 m wide, was carrying about 145 tons of fuel and 30 tons of diesel.

Videos released by a local news media show an oil spill near Le Bouchon from the grounded vessel and the actions taken by the local authorities to protect the environment and surrounding local communities.

A representative of the National Coast Guard confirmed that the situation is currently under control.


 Source: IslandCrisis