Saturday, 20 October, 2018

China Says 32 People, Mostly Iranians, Missing After Oil Tanker Collision

Iran confirms its oil tanker incident, says 30 citizens missing (UPDATE) 32 missing after Iranian tanker collides with Chinese ship, spills oil
Jay Anderson | 08 January, 2018, 06:52

Iran's Petroleum Ministry on Sunday confirmed that 32 crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, have gone missing after two vessels collided off China's east coast.

Thirty-two people are missing after an Iranian oil tanker collided with a Chinese vessel off Shanghai late on Saturday.

China's Xinhua news agency said eight Chinese ships were dispatched in a search-and-rescue operation.

The foreign ministry said China had deployed specialised "cleaning ships" to the scene to minimise environmental damage. It said South Korea also sent a search plane and a coastguard ship.

The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude.

This handout from the Korea Coast Guard taken and released on January 7, 2018 shows the Panamanian-flagged tanker "Sanchi" on fire after a collision with a cargo ship at sea. "There is an oil slick and we are pushing forward with rescue efforts".




The other vessel had been damaged but "without jeopardising the safety of the ship" and all its 21 Chinese crew had been rescued, it added in a statement.

The incident also marked the first major maritime incident involving an Iranian tanker since the lifting of worldwide sanctions against Iran in January 2016.

The Chinese government gave no details of the size of the spill. The ship and its cargo were insured, a statement said.

This is the first major accident involving an Iranian oil tanker since worldwide sanctions were lifted in January 2016. Its registered owner is Bright Shipping Ltd.

Hanwha Total was not immediately available for comment.

The Chinese ministry said the second ship in the collision was a Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship carrying 64,000 tons of grain.

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