Disaster, 332 square km of oil slick in the China Sea

Disaster, 332 square km of oil slick in the China Sea

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The Iranian tanker ‘Sanchi’, which collided with a Chinese merchant ship days ago and launched flames up to a thousand meters in height before submerging completely, is already 115 meters deep, generating a hydrocarbon slick of 332 square kilometers.

Chinese officials and the Greenpeace organization warned:crash and subsequent sinking of the Iranian oil tanker in the China Sea it could have disastrous environmental consequences.

While on Wednesday the Chinese administration of oceans issued a statement indicating that the oil slick stretched over 101 km2, this Sunday, it reported that the oil slick had tripled in size, reaching 332 km2.

The satellite images were those that detected three layers of oil and its advance through the China Sea:

The sinking of El ‘Sanchi’

The ship sank on January 14 after burning for a week after colliding with the Hong Kong merchant freighter 'CF Crystal' some 300 km east of Shanghai.

Thirty-two sailors - 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis - were killed in the disaster.

At the time of the crash, the freighter was carrying 136,000 tons of petroleum condensate, a highly volatile and flammable product, but which also evaporates and burns easily.

The ship now lies 115 meters deep. In addition to its cargo, the ‘Sanchi’, of the Panamanian flag, could carry up to 1,000 tons of heavy diesel on board for the operation of its machines.

Information at the moment

In one of their few communications in this regard, in a press conference held last Friday, the Chinese maritime rescue authorities indicated that they were studying the possibility of refloating the "Sanchi" to stop the fuel spill in the area of ​​its sinking.

However, the Chinese government has not made reference to this possibility again and it is assumed that the oil tanker, 274 meters long and sunk to about 115 meters deep, continues to release crude into the sea.

The ‘oil slick’ is drifting north due to ocean currents and winds and could threaten the South Korean and Japanese coasts, the ocean administration announced last week.

The fuel in the fuel - which is possibly what is spilling now - is much more polluting for the waters and marine fauna.

Environmental organizations fear this is one of the most serious environmental catastrophes in recent years, as the East China Sea is one of the richest and most productive marine areas on the planet.

With information from:

Video: Stricken tanker leaves large oil slick in East China Sea (July 2022).


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