Iran tanker collides with China ship in east China, 30 Iranians missing

Tehran, Jan 7, IRNA – All crew members of an Iranian tanker which collided with a Chinese vessel in east China coast on Saturday night were missing, it was reported on Sunday.

The tanker was carrying condensate which belonged to National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC), Kasra Nouri, director of Iran's Petroleum Ministry's Public Relations Office, announced.

Iranian tanker and its cargo, sailing to South Korea, were both insured by a reputable foreign insurance company, Nouri said.

The Iranian tanker, he added, was leased by South Korea's Hanwha TOTAL Co.

Thirty-two crew members, including 30 Iranians and two Bengalese, have gone missing after two vessels collided off China's east coast on Saturday evening, China's Ministry of Transport said Sunday while quoted by the country's news agency 'Xinhua'.

The 32 missing crew members were all from the oil tanker. All the 21 crew members on the bulk freighter, all Chinese nationals, have been rescued, according to the ministry.

Chinese maritime authorities have dispatched eight vessels for search and rescue. After the coordination of China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, the Republic of Korea has dispatched a coast guard ship and a fixed-wing aircraft to assist in the search and rescue.

Despite the measures taken to find and rescue the missing, China's Ministry of Transport has said nothing why all the rescued are the Chinese nationals but those who have been killed or gone missing were Iranian and Bangladeshi.

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