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CHINA SEARCHES FOR MISSING PEOPLE AFTER VESSELS COLLIDE
    2018-January-8  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

CHINA has dispatched several vessels to search for and rescue crew members after a Panama-registered oil tanker and a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter collided Saturday evening, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said yesterday.

Spokesperson Geng Shuang made the remarks in Beijing in response to a question about the collision of the two vessels off the East China coast.

“China attaches great importance to the accident,” said Geng, adding that some of the crew members have been rescued while others are still missing.

Geng said China also dispatched several specialized cleaning vessels to prevent secondary disasters.

According to reports, the collision occurred at around 8 p.m. Saturday in waters about 160 sea miles (296 kilometers) east of the Yangtze River’s estuary.

Reports say 32 crew members from the oil tanker, including 30 Iranian nationals and two Bangladeshi nationals, have gone missing.

Geng said the cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The oil tanker capsized after the collision. All 21 crew members on the bulk freighter — all Chinese nationals — have been rescued, according to the ministry.

The 274-meter-long oil tanker SANCHI, owned by an Iranian shipping company and with 136,000 tons of condensate oil on board, was traveling from Iran to the Republic of Korea (ROK). It caught fire after the collision and was still burning, according to the ministry.

Iran’s Petroleum Ministry yesterday confirmed that 32 crew members are missing.

The Chinese Foreign Ministry said oil spilled into the sea, but did not specify the area of contamination.

The 225-meter-long bulk freighter CF CRYSTAL was carrying 64,000 tons of grain and was partly damaged. It is owned by a Chinese shipping company and was traveling from the United States to Guangdong Province.

Chinese maritime authorities have dispatched eight vessels, including three specialized cleaning vessels, for search and rescue.

After coordination with the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, the ROK dispatched a coast guard ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to assist in the search and rescue.

(Xinhua)

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