Body of one of 32 missing mariners found near tanker

Body of one of 32 missing mariners found near tanker

The Chinese ship suffered limited damage and all 21 crew on board were rescued. "We are not expecting to see the kind of devastating thick oil slick associated with crude oil spills, but are anxious about the toxic pollution that could be caused from leaks of condensate".

Oceanographer Simon Boxall of the University of Southampton told the BBC that the collision had caused a "big spill", but the winds were "keeping the oil offshore".

The accident threw up the risk of a unsafe oil spill in East China Sea and raised serious questions about navigation safety both in terms of accidents and difficulties involved in rescue operations.

An official in Iran's Oil Ministry, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to reporters, said the tanker was owned by the National Iranian Tanker Co. and confirmed that 30 of the tanker's 32 crew members were Iranians. South Korea also sent a ship and helicopter to aid the rescue and clean up efforts.

The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes (nearly 1 million barrels) of condensate, a type of ultralight oil, according to Chinese authorities.

An Iranian oil-carrying tanker had a massive collision with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea on Saturday.

The ministry says rescue workers recovered one unidentified body near the wreckage Monday believed to be one of the tanker's missing 32 crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis. That is equivalent to just under 1 million barrels, worth about $60 million, based on global crude oil prices.

The tanker has operated under five different names since it was built in 2008, according the United Nations -run International Maritime Organization. Despite much rescue efforts, the oil tanker is on fire and is feared to be on the verge of explosion. The IMO listed its registered owner as Hong Kong-based Bright Shipping., on behalf of National Iranian Tanker, a publicly traded company based in Tehran.

"We have no information on their fate", he said Sunday.

It was due to arrive at Daesan in South Korea from Kharg Island in Iran on Sunday, according to Reuters ship tracking.

This handout from the Transport Ministry of China taken on January 7, 2018 shows the Chinese firefighting vessel "DONGHAIJIU 117" spraying water on the burning oil tanker Sanchi.

The company that bought the condensate is South Korean Hanwa Total Petrochemical, a joint venture between South Korean Hanwa General Chemicals and French Total.

Total did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The accident was not affecting its operations on Monday, he said. There was a collision in the Singapore Strait involving a supertanker operated by the National Iranian Tanker Co (NITC) in August 2016, but there was no loss of life or pollution in that incident.

This is the second collision in which a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co. was involved in less than a year and a half.

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