"Captain in Mauritius Oil Spill Disaster Is Arrested"

"The MV Wakashio, which split into two on Saturday, has spilled at least 1,000 tons of oil into the Indian Ocean, endangering world-renowned coral reefs and lagoons."

"NAIROBI, Kenya — The captain of the ship that ran aground in Mauritius and spilled about 1,000 tons of oil into the Indian Ocean has been arrested, his lawyer said on Tuesday.

The captain, Sunil Kumar Nandeshwar, was arraigned in a district court in the country’s capital, Port Louis, on the charge of endangering the safe navigation of a vessel, an offense under Mauritian maritime laws.

Mr. Nandeshwar, an Indian national, was arrested alongside the chief officer of the ship, Tilak Ratna Suboda, a Sri Lankan. The two were taken into police custody and will appear again in court on Aug. 25, Ilshad Munsoor, Mr. Nandeshwar’s lawyer, said in a phone interview."

Abdi Latif Dahir reports for the New York Times August 18, 2020.

Source: NYTimes, 08/19/2020