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Stricken Iranian oil tanker continues to blow up

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Stricken Iranian oil tanker continues to blow up

Efforts to extinguish a fireplace and rescue survivors on a stricken oil tanker have been hampered as a result of the vessel retains exploding.

The Iranian tanker, Sanchi, has been ablaze because it collided with Hong-Kong registered freight ship CF Crystal on Saturday night time, 185 miles off China’s coast close to Shanghai.

Sanchi was carrying virtually a million barrels of extremely flammable crude oil to South Korea with 32 crew members on board – 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

All are lacking, however the physique of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday.

The body of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday
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The physique of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday
A map showing just some of the ship collisions in seas around China over the last few years
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A map displaying a number of the collisions in seas round China over the previous few years

The 21 Chinese language crew members on the CF Crystal, carrying grain from the US, have been rescued.

Amid fears the tanker might break up and sink, dozens of rescue boats have doused the vessel with foam.

:: Burning oil tanker agency hopeful of survivors

Nonetheless, they have been pressured away on Wednesday on account of an explosion on the Sanchi.


The oil tanker Sanchi burns in the East China Sea

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Evaluation: Sky’s Thomas Moore on the tanker crash

Ten foot waves and powerful winds, together with poisonous fumes from the burning oil, have additionally been hindering the efforts to extinguish the fireplace.

The tanker has additionally now drifted away from the Chinese language coast and into Japan’s unique financial zone (EEZ), Japan’s coast guard stated.

The vessel was 286 km (178 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki at 7am on Friday.

It’s drifting southwest at a velocity of two.2 km (1.four miles) per hour.

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