Monday, January 08, 2018

Tanker and ship collision near Shanghai leaves 32 missing



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Thirty-two people are missing after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship off China's east coast, near Shanghai. The Sanchi tanker, carrying 136,000 tonnes of Iranian oil worth $60m (£44m), caught fire after the crash and has been burning for nearly 24 hours.

China's ministry of transport said the crew - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis - were missing, with rescue efforts hampered by the fierce blaze. "Sanchi is floating and burning," the ministry said in a statement."There is an oil slick and we are pushing forward with rescue efforts." The 21-strong crew of the cargo ship were rescued, the ministry said.

Poor weather and plumes of smoke rising from the tanker are making rescue attempts difficult, Mohammad Rastad, the head of Iran's Ports and Maritime Organisation, told Iranian television. It is the first major accident involving an Iranian oil tanker since international sanctions limiting the country's oil exports were lifted in January 2016.

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