Ali Rabiei, Iranian minister
of labor who is tasked with leading a committee to investigate the stricken
Sanchi oil tanker's case, said, "Today, we will ask South Korea to
contribute to the search and firefighting efforts."
He added that Japan has indicated
readiness to join rescue operations on the tanker which carried nearly a
million barrels of gas condensate to South Korea.
Rabiei further said that 5,000
tons of foam is needed for cooling the tanker down which will be carried by two
vessels to the tanker.
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.