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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

Talks held to stamp out cargo declaration abuses

The blaze on the 15,000 teu Maersk Honam in March that left five seafarers dead shocked the entire shipping world and was a call to arms for industry leaders

International Containers

Viewpoint: Burning questions

There seems to be no way of tackling the sheer criminal and wilful ability of shippers, notably in the Far East, to cheat the system

International Viewpoint

Choose your bunker suppliers wisely, industry experts warn

Due to the prolonged period waiting for advanced analysis results, the opportunity to raise a claim for bunker quality issues could be lost

Asia Pacific North America

Genoa terminals unaffected by bridge collapse

The Italian Federation of Shipping Agents says Genoa’s terminals are operating at 100%

Italy Casualty

Two killed in SCI tanker fire

The crew member who suffered burns have been evacuated and being treated in Muscat

Asia Pacific Middle East and Africa

Three missing after SCI tanker explosion

A crew member who suffered burns has been evacuated by helicopter

India Casualty