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20 December 2022

Oil spill in Mauritius

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Type of Event:Oil spill
Location of Event:Mauritius
Date of Charter Activation:2022-12-20
Time of Charter Activation:12:13
Time zone of Charter Activation:UTC+01:00
Charter Requestor:UNITAR on behalf of United Nations Environment Programme
Activation ID:793
Project Management:Teodoro Hunger

The Taiwanese Fishing Vessel Yu Feng Number 67 was grounded on a reef off the coast of Ile du Sud, St. Brandon archipelago, in Mauritius on 5 December 2022.

The crew of 20 were retrieved safely, but authorities were unable to remove the stricken vessel since the incident due to poor weather, which also prevented underwater inspections of the vessel to determine its condition. Some time after the vessel became grounded, the Yu Feng started to list to the side, but did not sink. 

It was reported that at the time of the crash, the vessel was carrying approximately 63,000 kg of marine diesel fuel, 453 kg of lubricating oil and 60,000 kg of fishing bait. The crew had managed to throw some of the bait overboard after the crash but some remained onboard. 

As of Saturday 7th January 2023, no evidence of oil spillage was found around the YU Feng 67 in St Brandon, authorities took water samples which showed no trace of heavy oil.

 

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Preliminary satellite-derived assessment - Oil spill threat. Saint Brandon Islands, Mauritius - 30 December 2022

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Source: TerraSAR-X / WorldView-3 / KOMPSAT-5 / Pleiades / RADARSAT-2
Acquired: KOMPSAT-5: 21/12/2022
Pleiades: 23/12/2022
RADARSAT-2: 24/12/2022
TerraSAR-X: 29/12/2022
WorldView-3: 29/12/2022

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Copyright: TerraSAR-X © DLR e.V. (2022), Distribution Airbus DS Geo GmbH
WorldView-3 © (2022) DigitalGlobe, Inc., Longmont CO USA 80503. DigitalGlobe and the DigitalGlobe logos are trademarks of DigitalGlobe, Inc. The use and/or dissemination of this data and/or of any product in any way derived there from are restricted. Unauthorized use and/or dissemination is prohibited
KOMPSAT-5 © KARI (2022).
Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2022), Distribution Airbus DS.
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2022) – All Rights Reserved. RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency
Report produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Preliminary satellite-derived assessment - Oil spill threat. Saint Brandon Islands, Mauritius - 27 December 2022
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Source: Pleiades / Kompsat-5 / Radarsat-2
Acquired: Pleiades: 23/12/2022
Kompsat-5: 21/12/2022
Radarsat-2: 24/12/2022

Category: Delineation Map

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2022), Distribution Airbus DS.
© KARI (2022).
RADARSAT-2 Data and Products © Maxar Technologies Ltd. (2022) – All Rights Reserved RADARSAT is an official mark of the Canadian Space Agency
Report produced by UNITAR / UNOSAT

Preliminary satellite-derived assessment - Oil spill threat. Saint Brandon Islands, Mauritius
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Source: Pleiades
Acquired: 23/12/2022

Category: Delineation Map

Copyright: Includes Pleiades material © CNES (2022), Distribution Airbus DS.
Report prepared by UNITAR / UNOSAT

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