Iranian Oil Tanker Continues to Burn: Report

An Iranian oil tanker continues to burn off the coast of Shanghai, days after it collided with a bulk ship and caught fire, a report said.

One crew member has been found dead, while 31 others remain missing as firefighters continue to battle the blaze.

“Searchers have found the body of one of the missing sailors,” CEO of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran Mohammad Rastad said on Monday, adding that he has been sent to Shanghai for identification.

Meanwhile, the managing director of the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) said the tanker is giving off poisonous gases, hindering rescue work there.

According to the report by the NPR, bad weather at sea has made both the rescue and cleanup efforts difficult, and authorities are worried the ship will explode and sink, leaking all of its oil.

Iran has set up a special emergency committee in Tehran to help in the ongoing international search and rescue mission aimed at finding the missing crew members, 30 of whom were Iranian and the other two were from Bangladesh.

The Panama-registered tanker Sanchi was steaming from Iran to South Korea carrying 136,000 tons of crude oil when it collided with a Chinese freighter on Saturday evening, sparking a massive fire.

The CF Crystal had been damaged but “without jeopardizing the safety of the ship” and all of its 21 Chinese crew had been rescued, according to China’s transport ministry.

(Source: Tasnim, under Creative Commons licence)

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