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Tanker reportedly sinks in Japan’s EEZ

  • January 15, 2018
  • , Nikkei evening edition
  • JMH Summary

Monday evening’s Nikkei ran a Kyodo story saying that China’s state-run Central Television reported on Sunday that a Panama-registered tanker, which drifted into Japan’s exclusive economic zone after colliding with a cargo ship and bursting into flames in waters off Shanghai on Jan. 6, apparently sank on Jan. 14. According to the Chinese outlet, the tanker was engulfed in flames around noon (1:00 p.m. in Japan) on Jan. 14 before there was confirmation that it had sunk at 4:45 p.m. The Japanese Coast Guard detected the tanker 315 kilometers west of Amami-Oshima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture at 5:00 p.m. (Japan time) on Sunday, but the tanker vanished from the radar of a ship dispatched to the area 40 minutes later. The tanker, owned by an Iranian shipping company, was transporting oil condensate, a light type of crude oil. The tanker was carrying a crew of 32 Iranians and Bangladeshis. Three bodies had been recovered as of Saturday.

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