A stricken Iranian oil tanker drifted into Japan’s unique financial zone (EEZ) on Wednesday afternoon, a spokesman for Japan’s Coast Guard instructed Reuters on Friday, as sturdy winds pushed the burning ship away from the Chinese language coast.
The ship, which has been ablaze for nearly every week because it collided with one other vessel on Saturday evening 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 from the Coast Guard’s 10th area primarily based in Kagoshima stated.
Amami Oshima is without doubt one of the northern islands within the Ryukyu islands chain that features Okinawa.
The tanker Sanchi, owned by Iran’s high oil transport operator Nationwide Iranian Tanker Co, was carrying virtually 1 million barrels of condensate, an ultra-light, extremely flammable crude oil, to South Korea.
It collided with the freighter CF Crystal that was carrying grain from the US about 160 nautical miles (184 km) off China’s coast close to Shanghai.
The spokesman stated that Chinese language authorities turned down a proposal from the Japanese Coast Guard to assist, saying it might ask for assist when wanted.
The Coast Guard has despatched patrol boats and plane to watch the scenario, he stated.
Based on China’s state-owned China Central Tv (CCTV), the tanker drifted about 25 miles (40 kms) to the south over the previous two days, as of 9 a.m (0100 GMT) on Friday.
About 14 rescue vessels are trying to place out the hearth and looking for lacking crew members from the tanker, CCTV reported citing Shanghai Maritime Search and Rescue Centre.
The Sanchi had a crew of 32 sailors on the time of the collision. The physique of a mariner suspected to be from the ship was recovered on Monday and despatched to Shanghai for identification. The remainder of the crew, which included 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, stays lacking.