According to Mikrofon news agency (MHA), at least 30 Iranians have been killed after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship on the east coast of China, officials confirmed.
Two citizens of Bangladesh are still missing, officials said. 21 crew of the cargo ship, all of them Chinese citizens have been rescued. After the oil tanker belongs to the Iran’s National Oil Company caught fire and a big oil spill has been created in the sea.
Footages broadcasted in China State TV shows big columns of smoke arise from the oil tanker. Rescue operation has been started in the region and South Korea has sent several ships and helicopters to take part in the search and rescue operation.
The oil tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tons of condensate. That is equivalent to just under 1 million barrels, worth about $60 million, based on global crude oil prices, Reuters reports.