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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 Chinese Transport Ministry says 32 people, majority Iranians, are missing from an oil tanker that collided with a cargo ship off the east coast of China.

The second vessel was Hong Kong-flagged cargo ship carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain, AFP reported.

The tanker's 32 crew members were missing.

This is the first major accident involving an Iranian oil tanker since worldwide sanctions were lifted in January 2016.

By comparison, the Exxon Valdez was carrying 1.26 million barrels of crude oil when it spilled 260,000 barrels into Prince William Sound off Alaska in 1989. The size of the oil slick caused by the accident also was not known.

The 274-meter-long tanker was still ablaze on Sunday and images on Chinese television showed huge clouds of smoke rising from the stricken vessel.

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

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Oil tanker SANCHI, owned by an Iranian shipping company, collided with a cargo ship.

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

An operation was underway to rescue the crew members, believed to be 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, according to the Xinhua news agency. "We can not say all of them have died, because rescue teams are there and providing services".

Iran's oil ministry has confirmed that at least 30 Iranian citizens were missing in oil tanker incident.

The Chinese and South Korean Coast Guard's are responding.

Hanwha Total was not immediately available for comment.

There was a collision involving an NITC-operated supertanker in the Singapore Strait in August 2016, but there was no loss of life or pollution.


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