The Chinese media reported that the oil tanker that was burning in the East China Sea has finally sunk after a week.
MV Sanchi, the Iranian oil tanker, collided with a cargo ship 260 km off Shanghai on 6 January. The tanker was drifting towards south-eastern Japan.
The crew members have been reported as dead after the tanker blasted. The Iranian officials reported that there were 32 crew members on the ship.
30 of the crew members were Iranian while 2 others were Bangladeshis, according to the officials in Iran.
The Sanchi has been reported to carry 136,000 tons of ultra-light crude. The BBC reported that the Chinese officials said there is no major slick.
Hope of saving the #Sanchi oil tanker crew has now faded. We share our condolences with their families and loved ones.
— Greenpeace (@Greenpeace) January 15, 2018
According to the Chinse media, the Sanchi has gone down around 04:00 GMT after a sudden igniting.
An Iranian commando along with 13 vessels have been conducting a rescue operation but the salvage operation was hindered by bad weather.
— CGTN (@CGTNOfficial) January 13, 2018
The rescue team member Mohammad Rastad has been reported to have said that there was no hope of finding any survivor.
Oil spill measuring 10 nautical miles long and 1 to 4 nautical miles wide, several times bigger than yesterday, has been spotted near the exploded Sanchi tanker in the East China Sea; cleaning work has started as the fire has gone out pic.twitter.com/osKnHs9VSO
— People's Daily,China (@PDChina) January 15, 2018
Only three bodies have been found in the weeklong salvage operation. The rest of the bodies of the crew members have gone down with the tanker.
The black box of the ship had been retrieved only to leave immediately because of the toxic smoke and high temperature.
I offer my condolences to the mourning families and survivors of the #Sanchi oil tanker's crew, who passed away during the heartbreaking incident of the burning and sinking tankers, which was truly tragic and horrendous; and I ask God to grant peace to their grieving hearts.
— Khamenei.ir (@khamenei_ir) January 14, 2018
Shana, an Iranian news agency reported that the National Iranian Tanker Company used to manage the Sanchi. The cargo is reported to be of $60 million worth. The oil Sanchi was carrying was purchased by South Korean customers, Shana reported.