Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Iranian oil tanker sinks one week after collision

Iranian oil tanker sinks one week after collision

The ship has been ablaze for nearly a week since it collided with another vessel on January 6 in the East China Sea and has been drifting into Japanese economic zone over the past several days.

"Currently it has already sunk", CCTV said, citing the Shanghai maritime search and rescue centre.

China's State Oceanic Administration said that because the hull of the ship had detonated, a large amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

Four salvage workers boarded the board SANCHI at 8:37 am on January 13, and found two bodies on deck in a lifeboat.

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Mohammad Rastad, a spokesman for an Iranian rescue team dispatched to the area, made the announcement on January 14.

Following the incident, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis who were working on the oil tanker went missing.

The tanker Sanchi, owned by Iran's top oil-shipping operator, National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying nearly 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultralight, highly flammable and explosive fuel, to South Korea.

The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, collided with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai.

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