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The Panama-flagged, Iranian-owned tanker Sanchi's tragic sinking claimed the lives of all 32 crew and led to an oil slick which spread as far as Japan. Here is all you need to know about the collision, the clean-up, and subsequent accident investigation, including a timeline of key events to date.



Sanchi disaster: Marine insurers will count the cost

However, the final bill will not be known for some time, experts say

Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa China

Sanchi: Get ready for the backlash

Latest big spill is PR car crash and may result in tougher legislation

Asia Pacific China Middle East and Africa

In praise of intolerance

The maritime industry could take a page from the aviation sector in taking a more intolerant stance toward accidents

International Asia Pacific Casualty

Oil from sunken Sanchi could have reached Japan

Black oil patches seen on shores of Amami-Oshima, Reuters reports

Asia Pacific Japan China

Salvage crews trying to remove oil from Sanchi

Chinese authorities say decision has yet to be made on whether or not to salvage the sunken tanker

Asia Pacific China Tankers and Gas

Focus on data recorders in Sanchi collision probe

Maritime authorities from Iran, China, Hong Kong and Panama have signed an agreement to jointly investigate accident

Asia Pacific Hong Kong China

Latest From Casualty

Iranian tanker continues to spill oil after Red Sea ‘attack’

Although the precise details of the incident that occured on the Iranian vessel are unknown, radar images appear, on the face of it, to confirm that the vessel is leaking oil

Middle East and Africa Casualty

Capsized car carrier to be removed from port of Brunswick

The US Coast Guard is carrying out an investigation of the capsizing, but says it could be weeks or months before the cause is determined

US States Casualty

Iran says it will respond to ‘cowardly attack’ on tanker

‘We did not engage in such behaviour at all,’ Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh on Sunday

Middle East and Africa Casualty

Iranian tanker ‘hit by missiles’ in suspected terror attack

Iran said one of its oil tankers has been hit by missiles near Saudi Arabia’s port city of Jeddah, causing an oil spill

Middle East and Africa Casualty

Forum to consider hazardous cargo concerns

Panel of experts from industry and regulators to seek solutions on containership fire issue

International Containers

Oil spill from capsized car carrier at US port of Brunswick secured

Capt Jonathan Tennant was praised for his action to put the car carrier in a location that allowed the port to open after just four days 

US States Casualty