Oil Tanker on Fire, Risks Explosion After Collision With Ship Off China Coast

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Chinese authorities have warned an oil tanker which collided with a freight ship in the East China Sea is at risk of exploding as fires rage at the site among dangerous chemicals.

The Shanghai Maritime Bureau said Monday that rescue efforts were being hampered by blazes fueled by leaked cargo that were sending toxic fumes into the air and increasing the likelihood of an explosion.

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One body, believed to be a member of the 32-member crew, has been recovered by search and rescue teams, CNN reported, although no identity has been confirmed. Thirty Iranians and two Bangladeshis went missing following the collision Saturday.

The Panama-registered Sanchi was transporting some 136,000 tons of crude oil condensate from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered CF Crystal Freighter in the East China Sea, 160 miles off the coast of Shanghai, the Associated Press reported. It has not yet emerged what caused the collision.

The Panama-registered Sanchi was transporting some 136,000 tons of crude oil condensate from Iran to South Korea when it collided with the Hong Kong-registered CF Crystal Freighter in the East China Sea. EPA

All 21 members of the Crystal, which was carrying grain to China, have been rescued from the wreckage, Chinas Ministry of Transport has said.

China, South Korea and the United States are involved in the immediate clean-up and ....

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