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Iran strongly calls China for help to Iranian crew of tanker

Iran strongly calls China for help to Iranian crew of tanker

On Tuesday, the body of one of the missing crew members was found.

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

The Iranian company whose oil tanker burst into flames after a collision in the East China Sea says there is still hope of finding survivors as 31 crew members remain missing and rescue efforts continued Wednesday.

In pic: Smoke is seen from Panama-registered tanker SANCHI carrying Iranian oil after it collided with a Chinese freight ship in the East China Sea.

Chinese media said the tanker was still on fire and at risk of exploding. The vessel collided during the weekend with Chinese freighter CF Crystal, which was carrying grain from the United States to China.

It wasn't immediately clear what caused the collision.

But the size of the oil slick from the Sanchi - and the scale of the environmental toll - may be smaller.

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It was equivalent to about 1 million barrels and worth about $US60 million.

South Korean petrochemical company Hanwha Total Co., a 50-50 partnership between the Seoul-based Hanwha Group and French oil giant Total, said in an email to the AP it had contracted the Sanchi to import Iranian condensate to South Korea.

"Probably the Iranian crew has been stationed in the bottom compartments of the ship which are cooler", he was quoted by the official Islamic Republic of Iran news agency as saying before the explosion. The National Iranian Tanker Co. describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East.

Prior to the P&I cover recovering to near full-coverage of around $7.8 billion on February 20, it was limited to $830 million per tanker for Iranian oil shipping since April 2016, following the lifting of U.S. and European Union nuclear sanctions against Iran in January 2016. "We can not say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services".

Mr Sung-dong said it was unlikely the oil would spread to South Korea because the tanker had moved 100 kilometres to the south-east. Total did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

An NITC spokesperson had previously suggested China might be more concerned with stopping a major oil leak in waters important to their fishing industry than rushing to save crew members. The Crystal's crew members were all Chinese nationals.


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