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Crew of 32 missing after ships collide off eastern China

Crew of 32 missing after ships collide off eastern China

The AP reports that an official in Iran's Oil Ministry said 30 of the tanker's 32 crew members were Iranians.

The Iranian oil ministry's official website reported that the "Sanchi tanker", heading to South Korea and registered in Panama, collided with the CF Crystal some 160 nautical miles off the coast near Shanghai.

All the crew members of the tanker, 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, are missing while all those who were overseas the Chinese vessel have been rescued.

The 21-strong crew aboard the Hong Kong-registered CF Crystal have all been rescued and the ship was not severely damaged.

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The tanker's 32 crew members including 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshi sailors were missing in the incident. Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, base oil, worth $60m.

Sanchi was carrying 150,000 tons, or almost 1 million barrels of condensate, a type of ultra-light oil, according to Chinese authorities.

Chinese authorities have dispatched eight ships for the search and rescue operation, while South Korea have sent a plane and coastguard ship to help.

He further said that the tanker was leased by a South Korean company. "We can not say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services".

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State media CCTV showed pictures of the tanker ablaze and billowing plumes of thick dark smoke.

The tanker had been sailing to Daesan, South Korea from Kharg Island, Iran, according to Reuters ship tracking data.

It's the second collision for a ship from the National Iranian Tanker Co.in less than a year and a half.

The Hong Kong-registered cargo ship, CF Crystal, was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from the USA to Guangdong, a southern province of China. The Crystal's crew members were all Chinese nationals.

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The incident marked the first major maritime incident involving an Iranian tanker since the lifting of global sanctions on Iran in January 2016.


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