Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

All sailors aboard Iranian burning oil tanker announced dead

All sailors aboard Iranian burning oil tanker announced dead

Footage aired on China Central Television, filmed off a screen in the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Centre, showed flames off the burning ship rising between 800 and 1000 metres.

The Panama-registered tanker was carrying 136,000 tons of condensate, an ultra-light crude that is highly flammable, to South Korea.

Meanwhile, China's State Oceanic Administration is expanding the range of its monitoring to "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the boat.

A Chinese salvage team on Saturday recovered two bodies from the tanker.

A burning Iranian tanker listing for days off the coast of China after a collision with another vessel sank Sunday, with an Iranian official saying there was "no hope" of survival for the 29 missing sailors onboard.

All political and logistical capacities of Iran should be mobilized to rescue the tanker crew, the vice president added.

The head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran, Mohammad Rastad, has said that there is no hope to find the missing crew members, ISNA reported. The crew, comprised of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, died due to the blast and the release of toxic gas, he said.

A rescue ship works to extinguish the fire on the stricken Iranian oil tanker Sanchi in the East China Sea, on January 10, 2018 in this photo provided by Japan's 10th Regional Coast Guard.

However, all 21 crew members on board the Chinese freighter CF Crystal were safe despite the collision.

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