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Watch: Oil Tanker on Fire After Collision in East China Sea | National Geographic ctm magazine

An Iranian oil tanker is in danger of exploding and sinking after colliding with a Chinese freight vessel off China’s east coast.
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The oil tanker was transporting 150,000 tons, or nearly 1 million barrels, of oil to South Korea.

Chinese rescue teams are attempting to control the blaze. The remains of one crew member have been found, and 31 are still missing. It’s unclear how much oil has leaked into the sea, or what the potential environmental impacts will be.

Read “Why the Oil Tanker Explosion Would Be Such a Huge Disaster.”

Watch: Oil Tanker on Fire After Collision in East China Sea | National Geographic

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  • National Geographic on January 8, 2018

    The Iranian oil tanker was carrying almost 1 million barrels of oil! How do you think nearby countries will be affected by a potential leak? To learn more info feel free to check out our article here: http://bit.ly/2m8Fw9p

  • Dead Baron on January 8, 2018

    The biggest question is how did they collide? Large vessels have sonar and radar to avoid these situations, and they should have easily detected and avoided each other. Unless the crews of both ships were asleep, or one aimed for the one that should have had right of way.

    Another question is how did the fire start? Normally a breach would just mean the oil would spill out, it would take something with a lot of energy to ignite it.

  • metalheadblues on January 8, 2018

    Something's fishy

  • J.J on January 8, 2018

    R.I.P planet earth

  • Southwest Virginia Railfan on January 8, 2018

    Hopefully they'll get tgis contained soon, but I'd like to know how you f*ck up that bad, its like the destroyers colliding with cargo ships not long ago. With radar and stuff like it, you'd figure stuff like this wouldn't happen.

  • Xavier Horn on January 8, 2018

    And we think mining for oil is ok how?

  • E.A. Hawley on January 8, 2018


  • tranceskill on January 8, 2018

    Building islands?

  • Andre Büchler on January 8, 2018

    Fuq :/ ride bikes guys…. pls <3 i know most of u live in cities anyway

  • Vidyasagar Konjengbam on January 8, 2018

    The question is not how, it's why. Why did the collision occur?

  • metalernest1 on January 8, 2018

    Some warm need it

  • Michelle B on January 8, 2018

    This is more garbage in the sea and the nearby coasts, beside threatening and killing wildlife. How in 2017 with people on the moon, crossing the universe to far, far away planets, technologies, drones, 3D printers of human prosthetics, nano computers, 146" tv, can this happen ???

  • William Grand on January 8, 2018

    Be sure to recycle…

  • Saart 666 on January 9, 2018

    so theres tons of tons of oil burning for days and the steel wont break…911 some planes melted down two towers. sounds legit

  • z9944x - on January 9, 2018

    With 2018 technology,a OIL TANKER CXOLLIDING WITH CHINESE FREIGHT…..hahhahah
    i think its BVullShit

  •  on January 9, 2018

    How the fuck do you manage to collide two giant slow moving ships in the middle of the ocean

  • B00steDevil on January 9, 2018

    Yo. For real that just adds 5 years of clean up nobody wants to be responsible for. These oceans are just on the brink of destruction.

  • JOE BLOE on January 9, 2018

    Ships are so big and slow, wouldn't you see one coming from miles away?

  • Northstar_004 on January 9, 2018

    Leave it to the Chinese to crash into things.

  • Melon. on January 9, 2018

    Off to a great start of the year

  • Mohammad Anadani on January 9, 2018

    probably more goes into this story than just "an accident".

  • Squidward Tentacles on January 9, 2018

    All of that open water and yet you decided to crash into another ship…. bravo

  • Paula Baxter on January 9, 2018

    Am i the only who is more concerned about the impact of the oil leakage to the marine life than the casualties? Humans are so selfish like we caused all these pollutions and the first thing we thought about is that some of us are dying? Next time just don't collide..!

  • G D on January 9, 2018

    Happy Q year kids

  • Have a Nice Day on January 9, 2018

    If there was sanctions on South Korea this would have never happened

  • juste kevin on January 9, 2018

    They had the whole china sea but they still managed to colide..

  • fatpatMC on January 9, 2018


  • Rich Bespoke on January 9, 2018

    Hmm another crash in the china sea.. when will they stop

  • Dan Scarfo on January 10, 2018

    Are China and Iran not allies?

  • Mehdi Hedayatpour on January 14, 2018

    People in this Oil tanker are not important for iran Government. just money is important fot iran Government…. down with isis

  • Behnam Kamrani [onRun.com] on January 15, 2018

    The fire seems to be off at 20 s of the clip. How come was it burning again when it sunk??

  • FreeeIran Free on January 15, 2018

    It was not collision with a Chinese freighter. Sanchi is destroyed by Chinese army as the ship system navigation was off. The final destination of this ship was North Korea to send all these oil and gas to them and apparently all the Iranian crews were not aware from it. It was suppose step by step the understand that this oil&gass should reach to North Korea and not South Korea. Iranian regime even did not informed Chinese as they are going to be close to US after their mistake revealed to us to send oil to North Korea recently. China after destroying the ship took the black box of the ship to get more info
    Read more

  • Scott Daniels on January 15, 2018

    What about the untold damage to the wildlife who didn't have a say that is the real crime.

  • Shabnam Shadlu on January 17, 2018


  • rich5817 on January 28, 2018

    China killed the story as usual, they wont clean it up but we will find out how bad when it washes up on our shores. I hear the tankers turned of its lights and tracker, maybe was headed to N Korea, that oil was the same as jet fuel

  • Thông Vũ on February 4, 2018

    Spraying water on petroleum fuel. Brilliant!

  • noman sailor on May 6, 2018

    I am still working on that ship anyone wanna visit let me know.i am working in same company

  • jakia tamanna on November 21, 2018

    There were 2 Bangladeshi one is my brother freind…. My brother also a marine engineer

  • Abdul rahiman on September 5, 2019

    This was the fault of second officer who was on duty on tht day

  • Engimaster 200 on December 16, 2019

    A oil tanker for you

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