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Wakashio Oil Spill: Japan P&I to disburse Rs 5 M in February to victims

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The first payment of individual claims by Japan P&I took place on Tuesday 26th January 2021, mainly to support fishermen and helpers in the affected area of the MV Wakashio oil spill. Japan P&I released an update that the second payment of individual claims will take place on Friday 5th of February 2021. 

The first payment of individual claims by Japan P&I took place on Tuesday 26th January 2021. An amount of Rs 1 million was paid to a total of 50 persons, mainly to support fishermen and helpers in the affected area of the MV Wakashio oil spill. Japan P&I released an update that the second payment of individual claims will take place on Friday 5th of February 2021. 

Another batch of 50 persons will receive payment for their claims. It concerns fishermen and helpers, who were not eligible to obtain the Solidary Grant of Rs 10,200 from the Government of Mauritius and any other financial assistance up to now. 

The payment of the claims will be done three times per month and for the month of February, an amount of approximately Rs 5 million will be paid. The amount to be paid to each claimant is based on the request received from that claimant. Japan P&I has received a number of claims from the e-platform set up by the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, and Shipping. The amount to be paid is neither determined by Japan P&I, nor by the Government of Mauritius. The amount to be paid is solely based on the claims made by the individual claimants. 

Japan P&I also released an update about the cleaning operations of shorelines. Cedre, an international expert in accidental water pollution, appointed by the Government to certify the end points of the cleaning operations, has given its signing off. Therefore the cleaning up of the shorelines has officially been completed. 

Le Floch Depollution and Polyeco teams who were involved in the cleaning operations, have completed their assignment and have already left Mauritius. Japan P&I was also informed that the removal of the remaining part of the MV Wakashio off the reefs of Pointe D’Esny will be done in the coming weeks.