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Mauritius asks Japan for ¥3.6 billion to help local fishers after oil leak September 02,2020   |  Source: The Japan Times

Mauritius has requested that Japan pay a total of 1.34 billion Mauritian rupees (¥3.6 billion) to support the local fishers affected by an oil leak from a Japanese freighter that ran aground in July, according to a Mauritian government document.

Under the proposed scheme, the Indian Ocean island nation has estimated that the construction of 100 fishing boats will require 1.2 billion rupees, with 9.7 million rupees needed to provide training for 475 fishers and 60 skippers unaccustomed to fishing in rough seas.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Wednesday that Japan will provide long-term assistance to help Mauritius deal with the cleanup from the oil spill.

Noting the assistance will not be restricted to preventing the further spread of the oil or its removal, Suga said it will extend to social and economic areas.

“We would like to offer assistance in the medium- to long-term in those areas while cooperating with the countries involved,” Suga said.

The Panama-flagged bulk carrier Wakashio, owned by Nagashiki Shipping Co., was carrying about 3,800 tons of fuel oil when it ran aground on July 25.

Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd., operator of the carrier, said earlier that more than 1,000 tons of oil had leaked from the vessel.

Fishing off coastal areas

 

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