Waters near Iranian sunken tanker meet standards

IRNA – The waters near Iranian sunken oil tanker Sanchi meet Chinese standards, the Beijing-based newspaper China Daily reported.

“The water quality in the East China Sea where an Iranian tanker sank over three weeks ago, causing an oil slick, meets the highest Chinese standards,’ China Daily quoted the maritime authority as saying on Monday.

“The State Oceanic Administration said in a statement that a 2.4-kilometer-long silver-white oil slick was detected about 1 km southeast of the sunken vessel Sanchi at 8 am on Saturday.”

According to paper, “seawater samples were collected from 17 measuring points around the site from Friday afternoon to Saturday morning as a continuation of the monitoring work of the surrounding seawater quality.”

A sum of 30 Iranian and two Bangladeshi sailors, who were all crew members of the Sanchi crew, were killed because of the toxic gases and the huge fire which embraced the tanker after the ship collided with a Chinese freighter in the East China Sea on Jan 6.

All the rescue efforts were in vain and the oil tanker sank on January 14.

The bodies of three crew members of the Iranian oil tanker have been identified based on DNA tests, according to a report by the secretariat of the committee to investigate the oil tanker incident.