According to PMO, Hadi Haqshenas, maritime affairs deputy at Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said on Wednesday that the black boxes opened in Shanghai with representatives from Panama (where the Sanchi tanker was registered), Hong Kong (where the Chinese freighter was registered), China (in whose territorial waters the collision happened) and Iran (from where most of the sunken tanker’s crew were) in attendance.
Haqshenas said PMO was presented by two when the boxes were unsealed.
“He said it not clear how much later deciphering of the boxes will finish; it may take months.”
In other news, Iran’s Consul General in Shanghai Alireza Irvash said the result of the DNA tests of the three bodies found after the tanker’s collision have been sent to Iran.
The Sanchi, run by Iran’s top oil shipping operator, collided with the CF Crystal about 160 nautical miles off the coast of China near Shanghai and the mouth of the Yangtze River Delta on Jan. 6.
The Panama-registered tanker was sailing from Iran to South Korea, carrying 136,000 tonnes of condensate, an ultra light crude, equivalent to just under 1 million barrels, worth about $60 million.
The Sanchi sank on Jan. 14 after burning for several days. The entire crew of 30 Iranians and two Bangladeshis, are presumed dead.