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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

Concerns raised over oxygen depletion cases in enclosed spaces

The cases on board a tanker and bulk carrier, which led to two deaths including a deck cadet, involved lack of awareness and training about entering enclosed spaces

Safety Crewing

Golden Ray wreck may be removed before hurricane season

The hurricane season typically extends from June 1 to November 30 in the region around the wrecked ship

US States Casualty

Crew evacuated after tanker fire in Gulf

An investigation into the cause of the fire is in progress

Tankers and Gas Casualty

FSO off Yemen presents explosion threat

‘The risk of explosion increases by the day, and if that were to happen, not only would it damage or sink any ships in the vicinity, but it would create an environmental crisis roughly four and a half times the size of the Exxon Valdez oil spill,’ the report says

Yemen Tankers and Gas

Search continues after fatal tanker collision off Texas

Search and rescue efforts remain the top priority as the US Coast Guard looks for the remaining two crew members with flights, shore patrols and maritime searches

Tankers and Gas Casualty

Search continues for two missing after collision off Gulf of Mexico

The US Coast Guard suspended its search on Tuesday afternoon due to heavy fog, but resumed on Wednesday morning

Tankers and Gas Casualty