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Iran President calls for Prompt Update on Tanker Crew State

(Saturday, January 13, 2018) 18:39

TEHRAN, Jan. 13 (Shana) – President Rouhani called for speeding up of efforts for gaining access to missing crew members of the stricken Iran oil tanker and informing about their status.

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.