An Iranian tanker, Sanchi, collided with a Chinese freighter, CF Crystal, in the East China Sea on January 6. The tanker carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensed oil, caught fire. 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi sailors went missing in the collision. The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) said on January 7 that the tanker was Iranian but was leased by a South Korean firm.
The Iranian state-run media outlet Press TV reported on the issue:
“Kasra Nouri, the director of public relations at the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, was cited by IRNA as saying that the vessel was owned by the National Iranian Tanker Company and had had its cargo loaded on behalf of the Korean firm, the Hanwha Total Petrochemical.
Nouri said most of the crew on board the tanker were Iranian but added that the Ministry of Petroleum had the details.
IRNA said that all crew members on board the tanker were said to have been killed in the incident, without providing a source.
Search and rescue operations were underway.
The Chinese Ministry of Transport said that the Chinese cargo ship with 21 sailors was carrying 64,000 tons of grain from the United States to the Guangdong Province of China and had not “not suffered damage endangering her safety” and that her crew had been rescued.”