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Mitsui O.S.K. probes massive oil spill off Mauritius

Island nation's biodiversity and all-important tourism sector threatened

TOKYO -- Mitsui O.S.K. Lines will send experts and staffers to investigate a massive oil spill by a vessel it operated off the coast of Mauritius, the company said Sunday, responding to an incident that made headlines around the world and dealt a devastating blow to the local environment.

More than 1,000 tons of oil has leaked from the Panama-flagged Wakashio, a bulk carrier owned by Nagashiki Shipping and chartered by Mitsui O.S.K., according to the latter. The full impact of the spill remains unknown.

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