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No big oil spill found after tanker-ship collusion: China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing 

today refuted the reports of an impending catastrophe of Iranian which caught fire after colliding with a Chinese cargo off the east coast, saying no large-scale spill was found in waters.

It is a race against time for authorities as 31 people of the 274-metre Sanchi are still missing amid concerns that the may explode. It is on fire for three days.

Authorities and environment experts have been fearful of a major environmental disaster in the East Sea, claiming that the tanker continues to leak after colliding with the cargo

China's Ministry said that no largescale spill was found, according to the state-run Xinhua agency.

A Panama-registered oil tanker, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate oil, caught fire on Saturday after it collided with a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter.

Zhao Ruxiang, an expert with China's Yantai Oil Spill Response Technical Centre, said a test showed in water can evaporate so quickly that it will leave little residue, less than one per cent after five hours.

Yet it is toxic and volatile when exposed to air, with a possible risk of triggering explosions, Zhao said.

The Iranian tanker is carrying one million barrels of condensate.

Experts said that condensate is very different from the black crude that is often seen in It exists in gas form within and liquefies once extracted.

It is toxic, low in density and considerably more explosive than regular crude oil, reported.

As of yesterday, rescuers had found one body that was believed to be one of the 32 missing crew members - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis.

Search for the missing was on, with 13 rescue vessels searching an area of 900 square nautical miles, while closely monitoring the condition of the burning oil tanker, the ministry said.

The collision occurred around 8 PM on Saturday in waters about 160 nautical miles east of the

All 21 crew members on the bulk freighter -- all Chinese nationals -- were rescued, according to the ministry.

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First Published: Tue, January 09 2018. 21:50 IST