Burning oil tanker firm hopeful of survivors

File Image Credit China Ministry of Transport

File Image Credit China Ministry of Transport

Personnel from three countries are working to find the tanker's 32 missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.

Rabiei as the head of the committee to follow-up the case of the tanker accident off Chinese coast.

Chinese reports say firefighting vessels have resumed attempts to put out a blaze aboard an oil tanker in the East China Sea.

The Sanchi tanker, carrying 136,000 tonnes of Iranian oil worth $60m (£44m), caught fire after the crash and has been burning for almost 24 hours.

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The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, CF Crystal, was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from the U.S. to Guangdong province in southern China.

Dozens of rescue boats battled strong winds, high waves and poisonous fumes to comb a 900-square-nautical-mile (3,100-square-kilometre) area for 31 missing sailors and tame the fire, amid growing concerns the listing ship may explode or sink.

The tanker, Sanchi, is carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil. The ship belongs to the Iranian company but was rented by a company in South Korea. China's Ministry of Transport said on Monday that a body had been recovered.

Hassan Qashqavi, an Iranian deputy foreign minister, told the official Islamic Republic News Agency there was still a chance that some of the crew on the Sanchi may have survived. Shana said the oil had been purchased by South Korean customers. In August 2016, one of its tankers collided with a Swiss container ship in the Singapore Strait, damaging both ships but causing no injuries or oil spill.

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The collision has also raised fears of oil contamination, although Chinese authorities have said claimed that this is unlikely due to the lightness of condensate, causing it to evaporate quickly.

In pic: 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.

Fuel oil is relatively easy to contain because volumes are lower and its viscosity means it's easier to extract from water, but even small volumes can hurt marine life.

It's the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co.in less than a year and a half.

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