Wakashio’s Skeleton Crew: Mauritius Oil Spill Ship Was 17% Understaffed

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17 Aug 2020: An aerial view taken in Mauritius shows the MV Wakashio capesize bulk carrier in two ... [+] parts near Blue Bay Marine Park. The vessel split in two on 15 August having run aground on July 25. AFP via Getty Images A damming new report from the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF) is shedding more new light on the circumstances surrounding the Wakashio disaster. It turns out that the Wakashio only had 20 crew on board. For vessels of this class (the Wakashio was one of the largest ships in the sea, a Capesize class, meaning it is too large to pass through the Panama and Suez Canals), the crew size should have been 24.  Ship engine rooms require increasing ...read more...