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Post time 2018-1-9 22:02:12 |Display all floors
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East China Sea oil tanker burns for third day as winds, high waves lash rescuers


BEIJING/SEOUL (Reuters) - Strong winds, high waves and toxic gases are hindering dozens of rescue boats struggling to locate missing sailors from a stricken oil tanker in the East China Sea and to extinguish a fire that has burned for the past three days on the ship.


The poor conditions, with rain and waves as high as 3 meters (10 feet), frustrated efforts to tame the fire and search for the 31 remaining tanker crew members, China’s Ministry of Transport said in a statement on Tuesday.

The flames were forcing the South Korean Coast Guard’s search and rescue team to stay as far as 3 miles (4.8 km) away from the tanker, two South Korean officials told Reuters.


The Chinese government said late on Tuesday it had not found a “large-scale” oil leak, and the ultra light oil, known as condensate, was burning off or evaporating so quickly it would leave little residue - less than 1 percent - within five hours of a spill. That reduces the chances of a crude-style oil slick.

Still, condensate is highly volatile when exposed to air and water and concerns were growing the tanker could explode and sink while a flotilla of 13 search and rescue vessels comb a 900-square-nautical-mile (3,100 sq km) area for the crew.

The tanker Sanchi (IMO:9356608), run by Iran’s top oil shipping operator, National Iranian Tanker Co, collided on Saturday with the CF Crystal (IMO:9497050), carrying grain from the United States, about 160 nautical miles (300 km) off China’s coast near Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta.

The Sanchi was carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate to South Korea, equivalent to about 1 million barrels and worth about $60 million.

Chinese state media CCTV showed footage on Monday of boats dousing the flames with water as plumes of thick dark smoke continued to billow from the tanker.

The size of the oil spill from the ship and the extent of the environmental harm were not known, but the disaster has the potential to be the worst since 1991 when 260,000 tonnes of oil leaked off the Angolan coast.

“We can’t grasp the level of oil contamination at this moment. 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 body of a crew member was found on Monday in the water near the tanker, China’s transport ministry said. It had been handed over to the civil affairs bureau.

The crew of the Sanchi are all Iranian nationals except for two Bangladeshi citizens.




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Post time 2018-1-10 07:42:00 |Display all floors
The CHINA DAILY has failed us again. This news has not been broadcast prominently by the Chinese media. They have been far more busy buzzing with indignation over Europe's complicity in selling rubbish plastic to Chinese importers

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seneca Post time: 2018-1-9 18:42
The CHINA DAILY has failed us again. This news has not been broadcast prominently by the Chinese med ...

So true, this is Chinese news. Must be fake news if it's in the western media.(Chinese Nationalists view)

I posted this to see if anyone living in the area posts here, maybe give us a first hand look.
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Post time 2018-1-11 21:14:20 |Display all floors
seneca Post time: 2018-1-9 18:42
The CHINA DAILY has failed us again. This news has not been broadcast prominently by the Chinese med ...

I have pictures in the filter that haven't shown up....why is China so mum on this I wonder?
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Saul Post time: 2018-1-11 21:14
I have pictures in the filter that haven't shown up....why is China so mum on this I wonder?

I wonder too!

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