Iranian tanker ablaze off China amid fears of oil spill

Iranian tanker ablaze off China amid fears of oil spill

An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China's eastern coast, leaving its entire crew of 32 missing, most of them Iranians, authorities said, Al Jazeera reports.

The collision between the Sanchi and the Chinese freighter occurred on Saturday evening roughly 300km off Shanghai, where the Yangtze River meets the East China Sea. 

The missing - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis - are all from the Sanchi tanker, which spilled oil and was floating while still burning early on Sunday, Chinese maritime authorities said. 

Chinese authorities already dispatched specialised vessels to the scene to limit the damage from the oil spilling out of the tanker.

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