On August 1, the 182 meter long, 44,183 dwt bulk carrier Benita sank off Mauritius while being towed to India to be scrapped. The Benita had run aground on June 17 when a brawl broke out amongst the crew and the vessel ran onto the rocky shore of Mauritius. Salvagers were able to debunker and refloat the Benita, but it was found the vessel was too damaged and was to be demolished. Reports stated the Benita developed a list while under tow and sank by the stern. No reports of injuries. The Benita now rests at a depth of 4,400 meters.
The 182 meter long, 44183 dwt bulk carrier Benita ran ashore south of Mahebourg, Mauritius. The Benita was en route to Durban, South Africa from India in ballast when a brawl broke out between the chief engineer and another engineer on board the vessel. What has exactly happened is unclear, but reports state that the main engine was shutdown during the fight. The disabled bulk carrier continued to drift until it went hard aground on the rocky shoreline. Reports state that one crewman was flown to a local hospital for treatment. Booms were placed around the vessel in case any of the 125 tons of fuel oil is released. Authorities reported that the bulk carrier was hard aground and requires more than one tug to refloat. No word if any of the 23 crew of the Benita will be charged or fined for incidents on board the vessel.
On February 1, the fishing vessel Kha Yang ran aground in the Indian Ocean on the reefs off St. Brandon, atolls managed by Mauritius. The 20 crew on board the Kha Yang were later rescued by the Coastguard and were taken to the South Island. A salvage company was requested and proceeded to pump off the 230 tons of fuel and 80 ton of bait on the fishing vessel. No reports of injuries or pollution released.