The president issued the instruction in a
meeting with Iranian Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh, Minister of Foreign
Affairs Mohammad Javad Zarif and Minister of Road and Urbanization Abbas
Akhundi in attendance on Tuesday.
"The most outstanding issue at this
moment is determining and fate of the tanker's crew and notification of their families
and at the same time carrying out the required legal matters regarding compensation
for the incident's damage," Rouhani said.
An Iranian oil tanker carrying gas
condensate collided with a Chinese ship and exploded in the East China Sea on
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 prices.
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