Salvage workers have managed to board a burning oil tanker off China’s coast, recovering the bodies of two crewmen before smoke forced them to leave.
The Sanchi will be still ablaze one week after a collision that has a cargo ship.
The salvage team also recovered the ship’s “black box” recording unit.
The bodies of only three of the 32 crewmen – 30 Iranians as well as two Bangladeshis – have so far been found. A team of Iranian commandos will be joining the operation.
The tanker was sailing by Iran to South Korea at the time of the collision last Saturday evening.
The Chinese transport ministry said “four rescuers equipped with masks as well as bottles of oxygen were placed on the deck at the back of the Sanchi with the help of a crane.
“They discovered the bodies of two sailors in a lifeboat.”
the idea added: “After recovering the black box, the rescuers tried to reach the living areas. nevertheless the temperature reached 89C (192F) as well as they could not enter.”
The rescue mission lasted only about an hour as a change in wind made the idea too dangerous to remain inside the thick toxic smoke, state news agency Xinhua reported.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif by phone that will “as long as there will be 1% expect, China will continue to make 100% effort”.
Some 12 Iranian commandos are joining the operation nevertheless the idea will be not known if they have yet reached the site.
Thirteen vessels – 10 Chinese, two Japanese as well as one South Korean – are taking part inside the salvage operation nevertheless bad weather as well as the state of the Sanchi continue to hamper the work.
On Friday, a brand new explosion dashed hopes the fire might burn out.
The tanker has also been drifting south-eastwards by the collision point – 260km (0 miles) off Shanghai – towards the Japanese island of Amami Oshima.
The Japanese Coast Guard said on Friday the idea was about 290km off the island’s coast as well as was drifting at about 2.2km/h.
nevertheless Chinese officials say no large oil spill has been detected so far.
The Sanchi had on board 136,000 tonnes of condensate, which will be an ultra-light edition of crude oil.
The Panama-flagged vessel was bringing the condensate by Iran to South Korea when the collision with the Hong Kong-registered freighter CF Crystal, carrying grain by the US, happened inside the East China Sea. The crewmen of the Crystal were all rescued.
The cause of the collision will be still not known.
Condensate will be very different by the black crude that will will be often seen in oil spills.
the idea will be toxic, low in density as well as considerably more explosive than regular crude.
Condensate creates products such as jet fuel, petrol, diesel as well as heating fuel.