After being briefed about the
latest measures taken by Iran and other countries involved in Sanchi tanker's
collision by Ali Rabiei, Iranian Minister of Labor who is tasked with leading a
committee to investigate the case, through a phone call, Rouhani called for providing
intelligence on the fate of the tanker's crew as soon as possible.
The President urged employment
of all available resources for extinguishing the blaze and carrying out search
and rescue operations
An Iranian tanker carrying
condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on
Saturday night, and the 32 members of the crew have gone missing. Three bodies
have so far been found.
The stricken Iranian oil
tanker has now drifted into Japan's economic zone and continuous explosions
hamper rescue efforts.
The ship has been ablaze for
almost a week since it collided with another vessel on Saturday night in the
East China Sea, was about 286 km (178 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki on the
island of Amami Oshima.
The tanker Sanchi, owned by
NITC, Iran’s top oil shipping operator, was carrying 970,000 barrels of
condensate, an ultra-light, highly flammable crude oil, to South Korea.