Sanchi tanker – a message from IMO Secretary-General Kitack Lim

In this photo provided by Korea Coast Guard,
the Panamanian-flagged tanker “Sanchi” is seen ablaze after a collision with the Hong Kong-registered freighter off China’s eastern coast on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018. An Iranian oil tanker collided with a bulk freighter and caught fire off China’s eastern coast, leaving its entire crew of 32 missing, most of them Iranians, authorities said Sunday. (Korea Coast Guard via AP).

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the seafarers still missing from the oil tanker Sanchi, following a reported collision off the coast of China. I send my deepest sympathies to all their families and loved ones.

“I would like to commend all those who have been involved in the international search and rescue operations so far and in the efforts to battle the fire and contain pollution from the ship.

“This is an ongoing situation which we are monitoring. IMO stands ready to offer any technical assistance that may be needed. In the longer term, it is expected that there will be a full investigation into this incident and that the results and findings will be brought to IMO so that we can do whatever may be necessary to reduce the chances of such an incident happening again.”