One Body Recovered Near Wreckage of Iranian Oil Tanker

Aaron Brown
January 11, 2018

The Chinese dispatched eight vessels for search and rescue operations.

It is said, that SANCHI 32 crew are missing, but it doesn't mean they are dead, most probably they can't be rescued yet with such big fire raging on.

"Unfortunately, up to this moment, there is no news of the crew", he said.

The Shanghai Maritime Bureau said the accident did not affect traffic into and out of Shanghai, one of the world's busiest and biggest ports, or ports along the Yangtze River.

Hanwha plans to claim compensation for the cargo's loss under its own insurance program, while the damages caused by the collision will probably be covered under NITC's policy, according to the South Korean company's spokesman.

The vessel's cargo is worth around US$60 million at current crude oil prices. "There is an oil slick and we are pushing forward with rescue efforts", the ministry said.

Personnel from three countries worked on January 8 to find the tanker's missing crew members and contain oil spewing from the blazing wreck.

The 21-strong crew of the cargo ship had been rescued, it said.

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The Chinese government said that an oil spill had taken place, but did not specify the extent of the area affected.

The ship has operated under five different names in the time since it was built in 2008, according the United Nations -run International Maritime Organization.

It is the second collision involving a National Iranian Tanker ship in less than a year and a half. The IMO listed its registered owner as Hong Kong-based Bright Shipping Ltd., on behalf of the National Iranian Tanker Co., a publicly traded company based in Tehran.

The Sanchi was due to arrive at Daesan in South Korea from Kharg Island in Iran yesterday, according to the Reuters data. National Iranian Tanker describes itself as operating the largest tanker fleet in the Middle East. Total did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 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.

Norwegian ship insurer Skuld confirmed it was the lead hull insurer for the tanker and the protection and indemnity (P&I) insurer for CF Crystal.

China's Ministry of Transport said that poor weather conditions (heavy winds, rain and high waves) has been fanning the fire and hampering efforts to bring it under control.

As Reuters reports, the tanker, named Sanchi, collided with a Hong Kong-registered freighter off China's eastern coast.

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