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Iranian Oil Tanker ‘Sanchi’ Sinks in East China Sea with no survivor

An Iranian oil tanker called The Sanchi has sunk after it has been adrift and on fire for more than a week in the East China Sea.

Because of the hull of the ship had been denoted, as the media report, a huge amount of oil in surrounding waters was on fire.

The Sanchi had the crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis; a Chinese salvage team, it is reported, has recovered three bodies and the remaining 29 crew members and passengers of the tanker were presumed dead.

Iran’s government declared a day of mourning on Monday to honour “ the brave mariners who died in the course of their mission to advance the country’s goals and suffered a terrible disaster and joined the martyrs,” according to an official statement carried by state media.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sent messages of condolence to the families of the crew and called for an investigation into the accident, Iranian state media reported.

The tanker, owned by National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying almost 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light crude oil, to South Korea.

It collided with the CF Crystal (IMO:9497050), which was carrying grain from the United States, about 160 nautical miles (184 km) off China’s coast near Shanghai.


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