Watch: Oil Tanker on Fire After Collision in East China Sea
Firefighting crews off the coast of southeast China are frantically working to prevent what has potential to become an environmental nightmare.
An oil tanker carrying 150,000 tons, nearly a million barrels, of a highly combustible substance called condensate caught fire Saturday. The tanker, named Sanchi, flies under a Panamanian flag and weighs more than 85,000 tons, according to the site Maritime Traffic. A statement from the Chinese government reports that the ship was transporting oil-based condensate to South Korea for National Iranian Oil Company subsidiary Bright Shipping Limited.
The fire sprang to life after Sanchi collided with a freight carrier.
As of Monday, Reuters is reporting that the remains of one crew member have been found, but 31 remain missing.