Monday, 18 June, 2018

China planning to send robot submarine to sunken ship

Iran's top leader extends condolences for crew of sunken oil tanker China planning to send robot sub down to sunken oil tanker
Sammy Stanley | 19 January, 2018, 02:01

The State Oceanic Administration of China said late Wednesday that it was monitoring four slicks with a total area of nearly 101 square kilometres (39 square miles), roughly the same size as Paris.

Some experts say the spill could shape up to be the worst since the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.

All 32 members of the Sanchi oil tanker's crew were presumed dead when the vessel burst into flames and sank eight days later.

An oil spill from an Iranian oil tanker that sank in the East China Sea is now the size of Paris.

On Monday, Chinese ships scrambled to clean up a massive oil spill amid fears of devastating damage to marine life.

Clean-up teams were continuing to monitor the wreck area to assess the drift and diffusion of the oil spill and the ecological impact. The cargo amounted to almost one million barrels (bbl) of oil.

The slick is meandering across an area about 35 km (21.8 miles) long and 28 km (17.4 miles) wide, with a width of between 200 metres and 300 metres, the coast guard said in a statement after observing the area with a patrol ship and an airplane.

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The tanker had burned for a week before exploding after colliding with another ship on January 6, with all 32 crew now presumed dead or missing. However, citing China's State Oceanic Administration, Reuters reports that satellite imagery has revealed two slicks of a combined 42 square miles.

The transport ministry said late Wednesday the vessel lay at a depth of around 115 metres (50 feet) and that robots would be deployed to explore the shipwreck. A Greenpeace spokesperson told the New York Times, "At this time of year the area is used as wintering ground by common edible species such as hairtail, yellow croaker, chub mackerel and blue crab".

It is also on the migratory pathway of numerous marine mammals, including humpback and gray whales.

Map on the sunken Iranian oil tanker off Shanghai.

If all of the Sanchi's cargo spills into the sea, it would be the biggest oil slick from a ship in decades. The tanker had been burning off the coast of China for over a week and spilling fuel in the surrounding waters.

Condensate oil's high volatility means it evaporates more easily than heavier crudes.

The paper added that "millions of fish are likely to have been contaminated by carcinogens".

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