Collision off China with 32 crew missing

The Sanchi, run by Bright Shipping Limited, collided with the CF Crystal about 160 nautical miles off the coast near Shanghai on Saturday evening.

The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude. That is equivalent to just under 1 million barrels, worth about USD60 million. The CF Crystal, registered in Hong Kong, which was carrying 64,000 tonnes of grain from the United States to China’s southern province of Guangdong.

The last reports indicate that the Sanchi is still on fire and it is not immediately clear how much environmental damage has been caused or the volume of oil spilled into the sea. If this becomes a major pollution incident it may have an impact on vessels trading to the East Coast of China whilst authorities deal with the clean up. Clients seeking guidance should contact the Club claims office in Shanghai .

Ashley Xu 

Danni Gao