Speaking after a meeting with Japanese envoy in Tehran, Ali Rabiei, who heads an ad hoc committee to consider the firefighting and rescue operation of an Iranian oil tanker which hit a Chinese balk freighter in China Sea on Saturday evening, said the joint committee will follow up on the rescue and firefighting operations with the aim of offering relief to the hopefully alive tanker crew.
30 members of the 32-strong crew of the tanker are still missing. Some observers hope that the crew could have found shelter in the Sanchi tanker’s engine room which is 14 meters below the water surface.
He expressed optimism that given the cooperation of the three countries, good news will be given to the families of the crews.
Sanchi tanker which was carrying 970,000 barrels of gas condensate to South Korea collided with a Chinese balk freighter on Saturday evening. The tanker is now 190 miles off Japan’s Okinawa.
A Japanese fireboat is dispatched to the spot to help firefighting operations.