World 'No hope of survivors' in Iranian tanker fire: official

12:36  14 january  2018
12:36  14 january  2018 Source:   AFP

Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker

  Chinese salvagers recover two bodies from flaming Iranian tanker A Chinese salvage team recovered two bodies on Saturday from a stricken Iranian oil tanker, that was still blazing a week after it caught fire and was left adrift following a collision in the East China Sea, state news agency Xinhua reported. The four members of the salvage team wore respirators to board the "Sanchi", where they found the two bodies on the deck.They tried to get to the living quarters but were driven back by temperatures on the burning ship of around 89 Celsius (192 Fahrenheit), Xinhua said.The body of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday and sent to Shanghai for identification.

An Iranian official said Sunday there was no chance any crew members had survived among the 32 aboard an oil tanker on fire off the coast of China for more than a week. "There is no hope of finding survivors among the members of the crew," Mohammad Rastad

An Iranian official said Sunday there was no chance any crew members had survived among the 32 aboard an oil tanker on fire off the coast of China for more than a week. "There is no hope of finding survivors among the members of the crew," Mohammad Rastad

A Chinese firefighting vessel sprays foam on a burning Iranian oil tanker on January 12, 2018© Provided by AFP A Chinese firefighting vessel sprays foam on a burning Iranian oil tanker on January 12, 2018

An Iranian official said Sunday there was no chance any crew members had survived among the 32 aboard an oil tanker on fire off the coast of China for more than a week.

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"There is no hope of finding survivors among the members of the crew," Mohammad Rastad, spokesman for the Iranian rescue team dispatched to Shanghai, told Iran's state broadcaster.

He added that two-thirds of the Iranian tanker was now under water.

The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai on January 6.

It remains unclear if there has been a significant oil leak into the sea.

Rastad said information from members of the Crystal crew suggested all the personnel on the Sanchi were killed in the first hour of the accident "due to the explosion and the release of gas".

"Despite our efforts, it has not been possible to extinguish the fire and recover the bodies due to repeated explosions and gas leaks," he said.

"Two-thirds of the tanker is submerged, and the fire has spread to the entirety of the ship, and we can no longer approach it," he added.

Iranian oil tanker wreck produces 2 slicks in East China Sea - China .
An Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea has left two oil slicks covering a combined 109 square km (42 square miles), the Chinese government said, as maritime police scoured for damage and prepared to explore the wreck. Satellite imaging showed a slick of 69 square km (26.6 square miles) and a second 40 square km (15.4 square miles) slick, which is less thick and not as concentrated, the State Oceanic Administration (SOA) said in a statement late on Tuesday.The large tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608) sank in the worst oil ship disaster in decades on Sunday, raising worries about damage to the marine ecosystem.

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