Oil that has washed up on two islands in the south of Japan is likely to have come from the Sanchi, the NITC tanker which sank in the East China Sea last month. The Japan Coast Guard said today it is monitoring the situation.
Meanwhile, China has today called for greater emergency preparedness systems for marine pollution incidents with its neighbours Japan and South Korea.
The Iranian-owned Sanchi tanker, which carried 136,000 tons of condensate, sunk in mid-January after burning for several days after colliding with a Hong Kong-registered bulker. All crew perished in the disaster, one of the worst tanker accidents in recent years and one that could seriously damage local fish populations in the busy East China Sea.