Chinese-flagged fishing trawler stranded off Mauritius with fuel aboard

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A Chinese-flagged fishing trawler has run aground off Pointe-aux-Sables, not far from the Mauritian capital, Port Louis. All 16 crew members, including 14 Chinese nationals, were evacuated by helicopter after the vessel named Lurong Yuan Yu became stranded on March 7, 2021. The ship reportedly contains about 130 tonnes of oil, and a Mauritian official said on March 8 that pumping fuel from the trawler was the top priority. Floating lines meant to contain spills have been deployed 300 metres (1,000ft) from the coast, but some local people reported already seeing traces of oil on shore. In 2020, Mauritius experienced its worst maritime pollution incident yet when a wrecked ship dumped 1,000 tonnes of oil into the Indian Ocean near Mauritius.

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