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Blazing Iranian oil tanker at risk of exploding

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Staff Writer | January 8, 2018
Blazing Iranian oil tanker
Shipping   After collision at sea

Chinese authorities warned that a large Iranian oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea over the weekend was at risk of explosion and sinking.

In a statement posted online, the Shanghai Maritime Safety Administration said that areas surrounding the Sanchi tanker were still burning, as well as giving off poisonous gas that hindered rescue work.

The 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who were aboard the 899-feet tanker late Saturday, when the accident occurred, still haven’t been found. Twenty-one Chinese crew members on the Hong Kong-registered cargo ship also involved in the crash were rescued, Chinese authorities said.

“Oil slick into the sea is continuing and with a flame radius of over kilometer, the tanker is still ablaze,” Alireza Irvash told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Monday.

“There is no sign of casualty for the missing crew,” he said, “The lcoal Shanghai officials and Beijing government are trying their best to rescue the missing crew."

"The ship is sinking," Irvash said.

Thirty-two crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bengalese, have gone missing after two vessels collided off China's east coast on Saturday evening, China's Ministry of Transport said Sunday according to the country's news agency Xinhua.

The 32 missing crew members were from the oil tanker. All the 21 crew members on the bulk freighter, all Chinese nationals, have been rescued, according to the ministry.

The tanker was carrying condensate which belonged to National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Kasra Nouri, director general of Iran's Petroleum Ministry's Public Relations Office, announced.


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