Desert Tortoise - the answer to your question is that the officer on watch had only joined the ship quite recently after shore leave. He is / was not anywhere close to the limit of his time onboard in terms of his contract, so fatigue is hardly a good excuse. News is today reporting that he may have brought the ship close to Mauritius because it was his birthday and he wanted to pick up a wi-fi signal to get his birthday greetings...
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Far left? You Americans don't even know what that means... In any European country the Democrats would be regarded as a centre RIGHT party. Whether you agree with their policies or not, likening these people to communists is ridiculous.
Trump and his allies are slinging mud in desperation.
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MOL in the shipping news again!
MOL are the charterers of this ship, so they're not actually at fault. The owners are responsible for the crewing & management of the ship, and human error is obviously the cause. 4,000 tons is obviously a lot of fuel but it's not anything like a supertanker spill. I don't blame the Mauritians for being upset, but the clean up will be paid for and no doubt insurance will compensate them handsomely.
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The ship was heading empty to Brazil to load iron ore to carry to China to be made into steel. What's leaking is the ship's fuel. Although it's obviously a bad situation, if the ship was a fully laden tanker, it might have hundreds of thousands of tons of oil onboard, so the total size of this spill isn't so big and can be dealt with.
Actually Mitsui OSK aren't responsible - they're the end users of the ship, the charterers - it's the owners who are responsible for safe navigation and getting capable officers and crew to man the ship. This is obviously a serious error by whoever was on watch.
Finally, it's not reasonable to say that the owners have been doing nothing for 2 weeks - they immediately called a salvage company but it's not so simple to pull a ship that size off a reef, and if they don't wait for good weather the result could be worse than the original problem. The priority is to pump the remaining fuel out.
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