Briefing reports about the
latest developments in rescue and search operations to find the missing crew of
the stricken Iranian oil tanker, the spokesman of an emergency committee regarding
the Iranian tanker collision with a Chinese balk freighter, Captain Mohsen
Bahrami, said it is conjectured that the crew might have found refuge in
the tanker's engine room.
He also said the tanker was equipped with two
life boats of which one is missing in the pictures taken from the incident
which could have been used by the tanker crew.
"In such case, the
survivors will have enough food to stay alive for two months," he said.
Bahrami said an American company
proposed to offer help in search and rescue operations but the company lacked
enough equipment to offer any support to the operations in the area.
The spokesman further said
that a group of Japanese firefighters have agreed to engage in firefighting
operation given Japan's proximity to the incident.
He denied rumors that signals
from three members of the tanker crew have been received, saying had such
signals are received China's marine search center would have informed Iran.
Asked about the reason behind
the collision, Bahrami said the tanker's black box will reveal the truth.
"Unless the black box is found we will not be able to say exactly how the
He said, however, that Sanchi
tanker, build by South Korea's Hyundai, is among the world's most advanced
tankers. The $70m tanker was only 10 years old.
He ruled out existence of an
oil spill around the stricken tanker, saying gas condensate is very vaporous
and does not create spills.
An Iranian oil tanker
carrying gas condensate collided with a Chinese ship and exploded in the East
China Sea on Saturday evening.
The Sanchi tanker, heading to
South Korea and registered in Panama, collided with the CF Crystal some 160
nautical miles off the coast near Shanghai.
The Iranian tanker was
carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude, an equivalent of
under a million barrels worth around $60 million based on current crude oil
South Korean customers had
purchased the cargo on a Persian Gulf FOB basis.
NITC formed an emergency
committee with senior company officials immediately after the news of the
collision was transmitted to Tehran.
The state-run company has
dispatched two vessels sailing in the region to the spot of the explosion to
offer help to rescue operations.