Oil Spill – There is a 46 sq mile oil slick that is thought to be made up of heavy fuel that was used to power the Iranian oil Tanker.
The panamanian-flagged oil tanker, MV Sanchi, was coming from Iran and heading to South Korea carrying 136,000 tonnes of ultra-light crude oil, which is able to create a slick that could be totally invisible from the surface.
Apparently, the cause of this devastating accident was a collision, between the Tanker and CF Crystal, a Hong Kong-flagged Cargo Ship 160 miles from Shanghai on January 6th.
According to Iranian officials, all the crew, 30 Iranians and 2 Bangladeshis, were killed.
Usually, oil spills involve black crude. This time was a very different one, condensate, which is low in density, toxic, used for products like jet fuel, and considerably more explosive than regular crude.