Observing int'l marine laws is the key to prevent disastrous incidents: Iran's minister
Iran's current Minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare said that observing international maritime standards can play significant role in avoiding marine incidents.
Iran Press/ Iran news: In an interview with Iran Press on the sidelines of the memorial ceremony to mark the first anniversary of the victims of Iranian-owned sunken Sanchi oil tanker on Thursday, Iran's minister of Cooperatives, Labour and Social Welfare, Mohammad Shariatmadari stressed that all of the vessels and oil tankers of the Islamic Republic of Iran are obliged to observe international laws and regulations governing the international waters.
Iran's top official went on to describe the average age of the Iran's fleet as one of the the most important factors in avoiding the disastrous incidents.
Sahriatmadari also emphasized that Iran has taken considerable steps in the renovation of the old vessels, oil tankers as well as the commercial fleet, so that the average age of all of them would be reduced.
He also said that the process is still underway.
"Abiding by the international marine standards will play the significant role to prevent and control the marine incidents in the world's high seas," concluded Shariaatmadari.
On Jan 6, 2018, the Panama-registered oil tanker Sanchi, carrying 136,000 tons of light crude oil from Iran, collided with the CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-registered bulk freighter, about 300 kilometers east of the Yangtze estuary.
After the collision, Chinese personnel risked their lives to rescue the crew aboard the Sanchi and put out the fire on the tanker.
The accident left three crew members dead and 29 missing from the Sanchi, while severely damaging the Hong Kong ship.