All sailors aboard Iranian burning oil tanker announced dead


Footage aired on China Central Television, filmed off a screen in the Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Centre, showed flames off the burning ship rising between 800 and 1000 metres.

Based on available evidence, all those on board died soon after the tanker collided with another vessel, Iran's state-run Press TV news channel reported, citing Mohammad Rastad, a spokesman for a Special Task Force for the incident.

All 32 sailors on board an oil tanker that sank after burning for a week have been confirmed dead.

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Meanwhile, China's State Oceanic Administration is expanding the range of its monitoring to "quickly ascertain the spread and drift of overflowing oil" from the boat. The cause of the collision remains unclear and 29 crew members are still unaccounted for. The tanker was carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude but Chinese officials say there is no major slick.

Two bodies of crew members and the black box were found after four marine salvage workers from the Shanghai Salvage Bureau boarding on oil tanker SANCHI off the coast of Shanghai on January 13, according to the Wechat account of China's Ministry of Transport. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.