Iranian oil tanker burns for third day

Iranian oil tanker burns for third day

Twenty-one Chinese nationals aboard the latter were rescued, however, there are no signs of survivors from the former and one body has already been recovered.

China's ministry of transport said the crew - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis - were missing, with rescue efforts hampered by the fierce blaze.

It is the first major accident involving an Iranian oil tanker since global sanctions limiting the country's oil exports were lifted in January 2016.

Different media reports state that even though no large oil spill has been detected so far, officials are anxious about the possibility of the ship exploding, sinking and releasing its toxic contents into the ocean. The Crystal's crew members were all Chinese nationals.

The collision has set off concerns of a potential environmental disaster, although condensate is more likely to evaporate or burn off immediately than thick, heavy crude oil. The ship was carrying grain from the United States to China.

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Officials have confirmed that the operation has been made hard by the weather conditions and smoke coming from the ship.

Ships and aircraft from South Korea and the USA are aiding in rescue efforts, which have been hampered by fierce fires and poisonous gases that have engulfed the tanker and surrounding waters. He also said that there is still hope. "The cargo is still on fire, so it is hard to figure out if oil is being spilled", Park Sung-dong, an official from South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, said.

According to Ports & Maritime Organization of Iran, following the Sanchi accident, Kitack Lim, the secretary general of the International Maritime Organization (IMO) has expressed his sympathy for the loss of the tanker's crew and offered to provide technical assistance.

The ship, which was heading to South Korea, reportedly had one million barrels of condensate at the time of the collision.

The ship belongs to the Iranian company but was rented by a company in South Korea.

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