There is also a chance the tanker will explode and sink.
Unknown the causes of the collision, of course it is instead that China is facing an unprecedented environmental disaster since the tanker carried 150 thousand tons of condensed oil mostly finished at sea.
The source said that the Sanchi, operated by the National Iranian Tanker Company, as well as the other vessel involved in the collision, CF Crystal, have the IG reinsurance cover of up to Dollars 7.8 billion each. The rescue operations of the 31 crew members of the Iranian oil tanker on the day of the epiphany in the China Sea after a collision with a Hong Kong cargo ship were resumed in impossible conditions.
Global search efforts have involved numerous Chinese vessels, a South Korean coast guard vessel and a fixed-wing aircraft. Intense flames, bad weather and poor visibility have hampered rescue efforts and Chinese authorities fear the ship could explode, potentially setting off an environmental disaster.
"We can't grasp the level of oil contamination at this moment". On Tuesday (9 January) NITC reportedly told Bloomberg that some of Sanchi's 31 missing crew members who remain missing could still be alive in the tanker's engineroom, which lies some 14 m below the waterline and "is not directly affected by the fire". "The cargo is still on fire, so it is hard to figure out if oil is being spilled", Park Sung-dong, an official from South Korea's Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries, told Reuters.
The Chinese transport ministry's news feed confirmed the Panama-flagged Sanchi tanker and Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal collided some 260 km off the coast of Shanghai, where the Yangtze River enters the East China Sea.
Image The body of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday
China's transport ministry warned that toxic gas from the tanker was harmful to the rescue workers and that protective clothing and gas testing equipment was being dispatched to the emergency teams.
China's transport ministry says rescuers have found a body believed to be of a sailor from the Iranian oil tanker on fire after a collision at sea.The ministry said the body had yet to be identified.
China's transport ministry said the CF Crystal were being taken to the port of Luhuashan, just south of Shanghai, where authorities will start an investigation into the cause of the incident.
The tanker was carrying almost 1 million barrels of condensate, a type of gassy, ultra-light oil, when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal.
The U.S. Navy joined the search and rescue efforts on Sunday, sending a military aircraft to the area, which spans 3,600 square nautical miles.
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