Upon his arrival in Shanghai, Mr. Rabiei called
on Chinese rescue and firefighting teams to exert all their efforts in the case
of oil tanker Sanchi which is still burning after almost a week after it
collided with a Chinese balk freighter.
"We demand the Chinese teams to
maximize their efforts to save the crew members of the Iranian tanker and be
more serious in their relief and rescue efforts," he said.
"What concerns us the most is that the
teams stop firefighting efforts as the sun sets. We have to continue our
efforts when there is still a modicum of hope to find the remaining crew
"I understand how difficult it is to
carry out such operations but the Iranian people expect the teams to exert all
Recollections of the Iranian people of the
incident will be historic and remain in their minds forever, so "we demand
that they (the Chinese teams) do whatever they can in this regard."
The stricken Iranian oil tanker has now
drifted into Japan's economic zone and continuous explosions hamper rescue
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
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.