"When biodiversity is in peril, there is urgency to act...France is there. Alongside the people of Mauritius. You can count on our support dear Jugnauth," French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted on Saturday.
The company Nagashiki Shipping, the owner of the ship, said that because of the bad weather and constant pounding over the past few days, the starboard side bunker tank of the vessel has been breached and an amount of fuel oil has escaped into the sea.
"We take our environmental responsibilities extremely seriously and we´ll take every effort with partner agencies and contractors to protect the marine environment and prevent further pollution," the company added.