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Iran oil official in Shanghai to pursue fate of missing sailors

Beijing- Managing director of National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC) is currently in China's Shanghai Port to examine the situation of the missing Iranian seamen who have been trapped in a blazing tanker in the East China coast since January 6.

In Shanghai, Sirous Kian-Ersi attended the crisis committee meeting on the issue, and got informed of the operations carried out to rescue the crew of the Iranian tanker which collided with a Chinese freight ship five days ago and is still burning.

Iran has sent a rescue expert team to Shanghai to help find and aid the Iranian crew, Kian-Ersi told Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

An Iranian tanker carrying gas condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Saturday night, and the 32 members of the crew went missing. One body was found on Monday, and according to Iran's officials, the body belongs to one of the Iranian seamen.

President Hassan Rouhani in a meeting on Tuesday with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Petroleum Minister Bijan Zangeneh and Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi called for employing all national and regional capacities to determine the fate of the crew.

Following the President's order, a special committee was formed to pursue the issue.

The operation to put out the fire of the Iranian tanker began early on Wednesday, Iran's consul general in Shanghai Alireza Irvash announced on Wednesday.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

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