The Sanchi, which was carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil has been in flames since colliding with a bulk freighter, and 31 sailors remain missing
AFP in Beijing
Last modified on Thu 11 Jan ‘18 21.44 GMT
Foam is sprayed on the burning oil tanker Sanchi at sea off the coast of eastern China on Wednesday. Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Six days after a fire broke out on an Iranian oil tanker off the coast of China, firefighters are still struggling to extinguish the blaze, as criticism mounted in Tehran over whether enough was being done to locate dozens of its missing crew members.
The Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tonnes of light crude oil from Iran to South Korea, has been in flames since colliding with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, 160 nautical miles east of Shanghai on Saturday.
One body has been found but 31 sailors – mainly Iranians – remain missing with officials in Iran hoping they have found sanctuary on an unaffected part of the vessel.