Iran oil tanker drifts into Japan economic zone: Coast guard

A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan’s Coast Guard told Reuters on Friday, as strong winds pushed the burning ship away via the Chinese coast.

The ship, which has been ablaze for almost a week since that will collided with another vessel on Saturday night within the East China Sea, was about 300 km (186 miles) northwest of Sokkozaki on the island of Amami Oshima as of Thursday afternoon, a spokesman via the Coast Guard’s 10th region based in Kagoshima said.

Amami Oshima can be one of the northern islands within the Ryukyu islands chain that will includes Okinawa.

The tanker Sanchi, owned by Iran’s top oil shipping operator National Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying almost 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light, highly flammable crude oil, to South Korea.

that will collided with the freighter CF Crystal that will was carrying grain via the United States about 0 nautical miles (184 km) off China’s coast near Shanghai.

The spokesman said that will Chinese authorities turned down an offer via the Japanese Coast Guard to help, saying that will might ask for help when needed.

The Coast Guard has sent patrol boats in addition to aircraft to monitor the situation, he said.

According to China’s state-owned China Central Television (CCTV), the tanker drifted about 25 miles (40 kms) to the south over the past two days, as of 9 a.m (0100 GMT) on Friday.

About 14 rescue vessels are attempting to put out the fire in addition to searching for missing crew members via the tanker, CCTV reported citing Shanghai Maritime Search in addition to Rescue Centre.

The Sanchi had a crew of 32 sailors at the time of the collision. The body of a mariner suspected to be via the ship was recovered on Monday in addition to sent to Shanghai for identification. The rest of the crew, which included 30 Iranians in addition to two Bangladeshis, remains missing.

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