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China: 32 crew members missing after oil tanker collides with bulk freighter

07 January 2018, 11:14 | Darnell Patrick

China: 32 crew members missing after oil tanker collides with bulk freighter

China: 32 crew members missing after oil tanker collides with bulk freighter

An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's eastern coast, leaving its entire crew of 32 missing, a lot of them Iranians, authorities said Sunday.

The tanker, leased by Hanwha Total Petrochemical Co Ltd, had "valid foreign insurance", Iranian oil ministry spokesman Kasra Nouri told Iran's state television. 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.

Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshis are among the missing crew members, the statement added.

Chinese authorities are carrying out a search and rescue effort for the missing tanker crew.

"Sanchi is floating and burning as of now", the ministry said.

While the Sanchi tanker was carrying oil worth $60 million from Iran to South Korea, the Chinese bulk ship was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from the United States to Guangdong province in southern China.

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Eight Chinese ships and a South Korean coast guard ship and helicopter were mobilized in the search for survivors.

The cargo ship was registered in Hong Kong and was carrying 64,000 tons of grain from the U.S.to China's southern province of Guangdong.

Fortunately, the 21 members onboard the Crystal ship have been rescued.

The oil tanker, registered in Panama, collided with a bulk freighter registered in Hong Kong.

CF Crystal, which was built in 2011, suffered "non-critical" damage, China's transport ministry said.



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