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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

Two vessels run aground in Singapore Strait

No injuries have been reported, but the cause of the incident is still unknown

Singapore Casualty

Weekly briefing: Floating storage at record high; downbeat quarterly earnings

The peak of the crude oil storage crisis may now be over as production cuts have come in ‘harder and larger’ than previously expected, and this is reflected in falling spot rates for both crude and product tankers

Dry Bulk Containers

Crisis and innovation in bulk shipping

It can take a crisis for an innovative approach to gain traction, but only if lessons are learnt

Asia Pacific Australia

One dockworker dies in California while another is hospitalised in Delaware

‘The waterfront is a tightly knit community and if a member of that community succumbs, we all share the grief,’ said Port of Oakland maritime director John Driscoll

US States Casualty

Citgo held liable for costs of 2004 oil spill in US

Chris Nolan, Partner at Holland & Knight New York, who authored an amicus brief on the prevailing side, told Lloyd’s List that the ruling would be welcomed by the shipping industry

US States Casualty

CMA CGM Libra decision upheld on appeal

‘The judgment reinforces the principle that owners must exercise due diligence before and at the commencement of the voyage in all aspects of seaworthiness,’ Clyde & Co legal team argue

United Kingdom Law