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Oil spill shipper Mitsui O.S.K. to spend $9.4m for Mauritius cleanup

Japanese group to set up relief fund for coral reef recovery and mangrove protection

The bulk carrier Wakashio, shown here in a photo courtesy of news site, has broken apart since running around off Mauritius in July, spilling the contents of its fuel tanks.   © Kyodo

TOKYO -- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines, a Japanese maritime shipping company that had a cargo vessel run aground in August, spilling thousands of liters of fuel into the sea off Mauritius, said Friday it will spend about 1 billion yen ($9.42 million) to help with the cleanup effort, including setting up an 800 million yen fund to pay for environmental restoration.

The fund, which will make disbursements over several years, will pay for coral reef recovery projects, mangrove protection and preservation of seabirds in and around Mauritius, the company said.

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