Saturday, January 20, 2018

No efforts spared in rescue for tanker Sanchi: China

tanker Sanchi
China has set up an efficient interministry coordination team to handle the aftermath of the sunken oil tanker Sanchi, which includes monitoring and cleaning up the marine oil slick that was left and conducting regular search and recovery operations, senior officials said on Friday.

"We're now analyzing and studying the current situation as the sunken ship is still there and leaking oil," said Zhi Guanglu, deputy director of the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center, part of the Ministry of Transport. "Our mission is to remove the oil slick on the surface of the sea. And we're also considering how to handle the tanker."

The most effective way to eradicate pollution is to recover the wreckage, but the owner's opinion should also be considered in salvaging sunken ships as required by international agreements and laws, Zhi said at a news conference.

There are also great risks and challenges, such as the possible explosion of the highly flammable condensate oil, he said.

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