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Wakashio / Compensation: Japan P&I said to have till now disburse more than Rs 3 million to clear 156 claims

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Japan P&I’s next payment of individual claims is taking place on Friday 19th February 2021. 75 more persons, mainly fishermen, and helpers will be compensated following the Wakashio Oil Spill. The insurer said to have to date cleared 156 claims since the 26th of January 2021. More than Rs 3 million have been disbursed according the to the japanese firm. 

The next phase which starts today, 19th February, targets individual claims from helpers and assistant skippers based on the same criteria, that is, those who were not eligible to obtain the Solidarity Grant of Rs 10,200, from the Government of Mauritius and any other financial assistance up to now. 

Japan P&I says in a press statement that requests from claimants have been received from the e-platform set by the Ministry of Blue Economy, Marine Resources, Fisheries, and Shipping. The claims of skippers and fishermen are being processed. The Claims Handling Office of JapanP&I in Mauritius will contact each claimant and will provide details on the date of payment, said the japanese insurance company. 

For claimants from the tourism industry such as hotels, restaurants, souvenir shops, tour operators, buses, taxis, and others, they will be contacted at a later stage, announced Japan P&I. Furthermore, the claims received from the Government of Mauritius, with regards to the payment of the Solidarity Grant for the months of September to December 2020, will be paid by the end of February. Japan P&I reiterates its commitment to ensuring that all affected parties after the MV Wakashio oil spill be compensated. 

Wreck Removal Operations

The Hong Bang 6 barge arrived at Blue Bay on Friday 12th February and anchoring operations were completed on Tuesday 16th February. Following this, the wreck removal operations started on Wednesday 17th February. The wreck removal operations, which are 24 hours operations, are targeted to finish by the end of March 2021 if the weather permits. 

Hong Bang 6 currently has 46 persons working onboard while other teams from Polyeco, Celero, Immersub, and Samlo are working onshore. SeaGround, a British survey company, has been appointed by the owners of the MV Wakashio to investigate the conditions of the corals and to prevent damage during the wreck removal operations. 

The Ministry of the Environment is planning daily monitoring and a daily report to ensure the protection of the marine environment during this operation.

The MV Wakashio was wrecked off Pointe-d’Esny on the 25th of July 2020. The bulk carrier then broke in two, causing an oil spill that affected lagoons in the south-east of Mauritius. The MV Wakashio scuttling exercise took place 13 nautical miles off the coast of Mauritius last August.