Japanese ship MV Wakashio breaks up on Mauritius reef after causing oil spill

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With 4.5 metre waves forecast in coming days, authorities are racing to protect ecologically sensitive sites from about 1,000 tonnes of fuel oil spilled by the MV Wakashio.
A Japanese bulk carrier has broken apart after running aground on a reef in Mauritius last month, threatening a marine ecological disaster around the Indian Ocean island, authorities say.

Key points: Part of the MV Wakashio's forward section has broken off

Part of the MV Wakashio's forward section has broken off Coral, fish and other marine life are under threat from the spill

Coral, fish and other marine life are under threat from the spill Booms have been used to try to contain the oil

The condition of the MV Wakashio was worsening early on Saturday (local time) and it split by the afternoon, the Mauritius National Crisis Committee said.

"At around 4.30pm, a major detachment of the vessel's forward section was observed," it said in a statement.

"On the basis of the experts' advice, the towing plan is being implemented."

The vessel struck a coral reef on July 25,…
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