China locates sunken Iranian oil tanker

By Agencies – Global Times Source:Global Times - Agencies Published: 2018/1/17 23:23:40

China's transport ministry said on Wednesday that they have located Sanchi, the Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea on Sunday, and that an underwater robot will carry out further investigation.

Sanchi was sitting 115 meters underwater, the ministry said via its official WeChat social media account on Wednesday. Shanghai's salvage bureau will send underwater robots.

The oil slick was expanding fast when a marine surveillance aircraft flew by 1 pm on Wednesday, China Central Television (CCTV) reported.

The slick has expanded from 10 to 58 square kilometers, CCTV reported.

Two skimming vessels, Haixun 169 and Donglei 6, have arrived for mopping up operations.

The Panama-registered tanker, which carried 136,000 tons of light crude oil from Iran, collided with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, about 300 kilometers east of the Yangtze estuary on January 6.

China mobilized nine vessels on the day the accident happened and there were more than 13 rescue vessels at the scene from the second day, foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily press briefing on Tuesday.



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