China to continue investigating oil tanker Sanchi disaster
China will continue to investigate the Sanchi accident according to relevant international conventions as well as China's domestic law, Zhi Guanglu, deputy director with the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center(CMSRC) said on Friday during a news conference held by China's Ministry of Transportation.
The Panama-registered oil tanker Sanchi, carrying 136,000 metric tons of light crude oil from Iran, collided with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, about 300 km east of the Yangtze estuary on Jan. 6.
Zhi said that the Chinese government attaches great importance to the accident and will keep performing clean-up operations to reduce the impact of the oil spill on the marine ecosystem.
Iran appreciates China for its efforts to search for the missing Iranian sailors aboard the oil tanker Sanchi, Iranian Minister of Labor, Cooperatives and Social Welfare Ali Rabiei said in a signed letter of thanks sent Wednesday to Chinese Ambassador to Iran.