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President Rouhani orders follow up of seamen’s families issues

Tehran� Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered his ministers to follow up problems of the families of the seamen who were killed in the oil tanker accident.

The demands of the seamen families will be reviewed in government committee meeting today, Vice President for Parliamentary Affairs Hosseinali Amiri told reporters on Sunday.

An Iranian tanker carrying gas condensates collided with a Chinese freight ship in East China coast on Jan 6, and all the 32 members of its crew went missing. Three bodies were later found during a rescue operation.

The 30 Iranian and the two Bangladeshi sailors, who were members of the crew, had unfortunately been killed due to toxic gas and the huge size of the fire which embraced the tanker since the outset of the tragic incident, Head of Ports and Maritime Organization Mohammad Rastad told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) on Sunday morning.

Noting that the tanker was carrying 11,510 tons of gas condensates, 1,956 tons of mazut and 118 tons of diesel, Iranian Labor Minister Ali Rabiei earlier said that the explosion was so grave that the heat of the body of the tanker reached 900 degrees in some parts making it impossible to enter the ship.

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency


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