The SANCHI tanker was transporting 140,000 tons of gas condensate when it collided with the Hong Kong CF Cristal cargo ship, 290 kilometers east of the Yangtze River in the East China Sea. After that, the tanker, caught fire, with 32 people on board. The Hong Kong-based vessel's 21 crew members were evacuated.
On January 11, an explosion occurred on the tanker.
#Iranian oil tanker #Sanchi is reportedly about to sink after multiple explosions.— Arsalan Shahla (@RcShahla) January 14, 2018
— It collided with a cargo ship in the East China Sea on Jan. 6.
— Photos show the vessel shrouded in fire and fumes. #OOTT pic.twitter.com/oj8PJtKxfA
There are 13 vessels near where the collision took place, including two Japanese ships and a South Korean one.
A representative of the Iranian Ministry of Oil said that the tanker, leased by the Korean company Hanwha TOTAL Co, transported condensate belonging to the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC).